Multiple frustrating things have occurred as a result of J.K. Rowling’s (boring) statements from the interview that has everyone in a tizzy about Harry’s death. Check out this article, for example. The opening line:
Author J.K. Rowling recently announced that Harry Potter will die as an act of self-sacrifice in one last terrible battle with the evil Voldemort.
Um…no she didn’t. She didn’t. She never said that. They even include the quote afterwards in which she did not say what the opening line says she said.
Then, they find us a brilliant representative of Christianity – someone named Peter Stokes, founder of “Salt Shakers” ministry. Commenting on the supposed impending death of Harry (Hat Tip to Glenn Lucke):
And not too soon for my liking, for the sake of our kids….We’re concerned with any promotion of witchcraft or paganism, especially to our children. There’s no doubt this book has done wonders for getting children interested in spells … and these things aren’t harmless. We’ve had many stories of people being adversely affected by reading Harry Potter … nightmares, severe spiritual attacks.
Uh…yeah. I had nightmares about Scooby-Doo when I was a kid. Clearly the evils of that show have been exposed! I’m still waiting for someone to kill off Scooby so we don’t have to live with all these demons he puts in our children.
Thankfully, a few more reasonable comments about sacrificial love follow this absurd paragraph.
What is frustrating to me, I think, is all the absolute drama over the idea of Harry dying and what an evil, cruel person Rowling would be to allow that to happen. Has no one who has read the books come away with a single lesson from Dumbledore, or even Harry himself? Isn’t the clear message of the books that there are worse things than death?
In honor of all this death discussion, I’m putting together an essay-length post on the various theories on Dumbledore’s death. Expect it in the next couple of days.