Monday, November 14, 2005

Harry Potter Scholarship

Here's the abstract of an essay to appear in the May 2006 Michigan Law Review about law and government in the Harry Potter books. I'll be interested to read the whole thing once it's published. The thesis as presented in the abstract looks pretty sound. One really cannot emerge from reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (books five and six, respectively) and still like or have confidence in the Ministry of Magic. Same goes for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, for that matter. And the third book, once you get to the point where it's clear that one Sirius Black, prisoner of Azkaban, never should have been imprisoned in Azkaban anyway. Then, in two, also known as Chamber of Secrets, the Ministry orders Hagrid off to Azkaban for no particularly good reason. The first book is the only one in which the reader sees a mostly positive view of the Ministry.

Via InstaPundit.

Surprise: In the background, iTunes is set on my playlist of favorite parts of the Harry Potter soundtracks. I haven't bought the fourth yet — I plan to wait until after I've seen the movie. That will be soon, happily. The track playing right now is "A Window to the Past." It is achingly beautiful. I alternately feel exhilarated and want to cry.