Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Harry Potter books, movie teach wonderful lessons for life

I wonder if we can stand just one more letter about the "evil" that is Harry Potter. In these serious times, it is hard to believe anyone can spend a lot of time worrying about something like this, but I am never one to miss an opportunity to speak my mind!

First and foremost, I suspect that most of the folks who dislike the Harry Potter books and movie have not actually read the books or seen the movie. Now, I realize sharing your opinion about something you have neither read nor seen certainly does not stop some people from forming an opinion; nonetheless, I think actually having read the books would have probably made their opinion more noteworthy.

I have read all four books, and the books are true "page turners." I also know that reasonable people who have actually read the books can disagree on whether they like them or not. I have co-workers that I respect who do not care for the books or object to them for religious reasons and that is fine with me, but I must admit to being a total "Potterhead."

I love the sign on the North Road (Nikiski) that asks, "What would Jesus think of Harry Potter?"

Well, I think Jesus would think that J.K. Rowling is an excellent writer with an active imagination and a gift for story telling. When I read these books, the characters and how teachable the stories were moved me.

In "The Sorcerer's Stone," we meet Harry, a young orphan, who attends a special school and makes friends for the first time in his life. At school, Harry is confronted with evil, and through courage, the love of his mother and the loyalty of his friends, he stands against it and is victorious over it. Is this bad? Is this the evil Mr. Conway is talking about?

I found so much in these books that could be lessons or jumping off points for discussions with children, grandchildren, or in my own classroom.

The first book, "The Sorcerer's Stone," addresses and applauds a child's courage to stand up to friends when they are doing something wrong.

The second book addresses the issue of how character is defined.

The third book talks about justice and fairness when someone is wrongly accused of a crime and Harry helps to prove their innocence.

The fourth book is a little darker, I admit, and would probably not be appropriate for younger children, but it again continues the story about friendship, good and evil, and courage. In the fourth book we see Harry entering a competition, playing fairly (when others are openly cheating), and eventually making the choice to share the prize with another classmate. This is evil? I fail to see it.

In closing, I must admit I have seen the movie three times and stood in line the first night for an hour with my 7-year-old grandson and a Hagrid doll we purchased for him.

These are fictional stories about children who meet at a school for little wizards and witches. There I have said it -- it is about a special school for children. When I was a child we had "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Bewitched," "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Hobbit." So what is the big deal about Harry and his friends? These are great stories, and I think I would see the movie a fourth time if I could talk any of my family into going with me again.

If you haven't actually read the books or seen the movie, maybe you should do so before deciding whether or not Harry Potter is glorifying evil. What a bunch of muggles!

Patti Truesdell


Peninsula doesn't need hog farm

We would like to express two negative votes against hog farms on the Kenai Peninsula.

The problem is not only all the various pollution created but also the treatment of animals on so-called farms. It has been proven to be inhumane and sickening.

Betty and Jack Dean


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