I haven't read all of the Harry Potter books, but only the first couple. It isn't really an occult story as much as it is a "coming of age in a
british prep school" drama. It is basically a remake of the WWII classic "Goodbye, Mr. Chips."
Rowling basically looked through some abridged histories of witchcraft and alchemy, and boiled it down to stuff she could copyright. Then she
sprinkled in a bunch of pseudo-Latin. And the kids went wild for it.
Originally posted by RedPill
Having read all of the Harry Potter books and being a student of ancient symbols, it is my opinion that the author studied old symbols just enough to
pepper them through her books. For example
the Sorcerer's Stone attempts to equate to the Philosopher's Stone.
In the UK, the book was called "the Philosopher's Stone" so I've been told. Supposedly, her New York publisher told her that the stupid Americans
would be confused by the word "philosopher," and so it was dropped. A much more likely explanation is that she wanted a name she could copyright.
The term Lapis Sapientum / Lapis Philosophorum
is nearly a thousand years old. She was afraid people could sell knock-offs of her books and
movies, so the genuine historical tradition was bowdlerized to create copyrightable (profit-making) original work.
The use of these symbols in the books worked out very good for the story line but very little indication is given that the author knew the true
meaning of them.
Quite So. The first book mentioned "Nicholas Flamel" as one of the the greatest wizards. Actually, Flamel was an historical person, a scribe, who
lived in late medieval Paris. Numerous legends later attached to him. While he was widely rumored to have discovered a process for turning cheap
metals into gold, he and his wife led a very frugal existence. While living in a small home, he donated huge amounts of money to build orphanages,
churches, and I think a cemetery for homeless children. Wikipedia article on Nicholas Flamel
wikipedia article confirms that the name of the Harry Potter book was only changed in the US. Stupid yanks. Or at least stupid yank publishers.)
As for the triangle circle symbol,
While I don't disagree with redpill, I suspect that Rowling took a famous wookcut of an alchemist "squaring the circle," and changed it enough to
make it unique---again, so she could sell her own copyrightable materials, and sue anyone who tried to cash in on her work.
since all simple geometric shapes (the ones you learned in kindergarten) are used frequently the world over in every culture since time immemorial,
how do you know which secret meaning the author is trying to convey?
Could you make a nice symbol using no circles, squares, triangles, vertical lines (aka reptilian slit), wavy lines (snake symbol), right angles
(masonic symbol) stars (police, Sunday school, Christmas etc.) crosses (used by Christians, Egyptians and Star Angel).
[edit on 19-9-2007 by RedPill]
Excellent. Excellent points. Redpill would get a point bonus if I were a mod. Congratulations, and you'll have to settle for dr strangecraft's
own "order of the lucid knight" award. Well done.
The irony is pretty thick. Ancient people trying to find the meaning in life, use symbols and legends to talk human nature. Then a children's book
author ransacks 2000 years of tradition, and then warps it so that no one can compete with her money-pile. Credulous readers assume that she is
dealing out secret truth, and so assume that she's discussing some ancient evil conspiracy. In fact, the people she ripped off were, umm. . . .
Burn them. they're witches.
Burn her. She's a witch! She turned me into a newt! (I got better)
Did you ever get the feeling we
are the ones living in the dark ages? We have forgotten the works of the ancients, and even somebody who is
merely an intellectual grave-robber gets crucified for mentioning things man was not meant to know.
(edit to fix quotes with little slashes and brackets where they belong)
[edit on 19-9-2007 by dr_strangecraft]