Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
Originally posted by PulsusMeusGallo
reply to post by Bob Sholtz
Rowling thinly disguised, if disguised at all, use of the Gringotts Goblins as greedy, self-centered and obnoxiously ugly caricatures for Jews
certainly did not help her Christian agenda, imo.
actually i think that connection originated in your head, or was planted there by something you read online. i didn't even think of that.
goblins in harry potter aren't human and don't remind me of jews in any way. maybe if you cling to the stereotype that a majority of jews are greedy
bankers you would come up with that allegory, but i sure didn't, and no one i know who i've discussed the books with has either.
for your information, i'm part jewish. not sure how much as my grandma didn't pay attention to her mother's teachings, and my grandma passed away more
than 10 years ago. not much chance of finding out more without a genetic test.
In HP the Jews are represented by all Muggles--the inferior bloodline that Voldemort wanted to get rid of. Like Hitler was part Jewish, Voldemort
himself was a half-blood.
Rowling is not writing a Christian book, not even close. She is exploring death--that's what the whole series is about. Death, and how we deal with
it. She started it right after she lost her mother to multiple sclerosis and was extremely depressed. That's where the dementors came from--they are
symbolic of depression and how it sucks all the happiness out of your life.
What she did is write a classic hero journey--it has all the elements, from an unusual orphan child, to the wise old mentor, to the adversary, to the
belly of the whale.
Harry is not Christ. Not even close. He might be a Christ-figure or Christ-like, as is Snape, but he is NOT Christ. Nor is Voldemort the Devil.
(Voldemort isn't Hitler, either. That part is filled by Grindelwald.)
Rowling is taking the agnostic view--she doesn't know if there's a heaven or a hell. This is blatantly obvious by the King's Cross scene in Deathly
Hallows. Harry sees the train and Dumbledore gives him the choice to go on or not, but we never see what lies beyond. Rowling is saying she doesn't
Harry didn't die. That's been a huge debate since the last book came out, but it seems obvious to me that he didn't. He was just unconscious. People
have made a lot of the events that follow that scene: that Harry's "sacrifice" enabled them to dodge killing curses and otherwise survive, but the
fact is, Harry didn't die. He went willingly, but if he hadn't seen Snape's memories in the Pensieve, Voldemort would have had to drag him kicking and
screaming. It's exactly the same as Luke going willingly with Vader to face the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. The difference here is that Vader was
redeemed, Voldemort wasn't, but then, Star Wars was Anakin's story, not Luke's.
He had to believe he would honestly die or he'd never have been able to pull it off.
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