Harry Potter: We Better Believe It’s Real

19 11 2010

Is the new Harry Potter movie life imitating art?

Do you need to know who said this, about whom, when and where, to believe it?

The world is a dangerous place. It has never been more so, or more complicated, more straining of the reasoning powers of those with actual genius and true judgment.

. . .The era we face, that is soon upon us, will require a great deal from our leaders. They had better be sturdy. They will have to be gifted. There will be many who cannot, and should not, make the cut. Now is the time to look for those who can. . .

It’s not a time to be frivolous, or to feel the temptation of resentment, or the temptation of thinking next year will be more or less like last year, and the assumptions of our childhoods will more or less reign in our future. It won’t be that way.

We are going to need the best.

(It was Rita Skeeter’s real-world counterpart, in Rupert World’s Wall Street Journal.)

No need for a night at the movies, to experience a war-riven world without real grown-ups, this “bleak, perilous grown-up world that tests the independence [we] have struggled to obtain” in an “especially somber and scary coloration.”

Childish things have been put away — this time there is no quidditch, no school uniforms, no schoolboy crushes or classroom pranks — and adult supervision has all but vanished. . . . Harry and his companions must rely . . . above all, on one another.

. . . Hermione for her part, seems lonelier than ever. She has broken entirely with her Muggle parents, expunging herself from their memories to prevent them from being caught up in an increasingly vicious intrawizard civil war. . . .

Time to put away childish things including the fiction that school is preparation for real life, instead of Dark Art in itself. Time for serious leaders to do serious work in serious ways.

Small screen queens billed as real moms tweeting and dancing like bears animated by corporate control set up to seem like America’s “votes” are really dangerous only if we believe it’s real. Harry Potter is dangerous only if we don’t..

Watch tv and see the new movie, or not, but get the picture.

And then act, for real.

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19 11 2010
JJ

Real or tv reality show? In America you might still get to help make the call, if you’re serious about getting serious.

Chris Wallace phoned in to Fox Business Network’s Imus in the Morning Thursday to talk about his recent appearance on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Wallace had half-jokingly explained to Comedy Central host Jon Stewart how Fox News was planning to profit from the fact that so many GOP contenders work at the network.

“We’re thinking of a 13 week series like American Idol or Dancing with the Stars: The GOP Presidential Primary,” Wallace said.

The next day, Wallace was serious when he made the same pitch to Don Imus.

“As I said on Stewart, because we own all of the people who are running for president, we’re going to turn it into a 13-week series, like Dancing with the Stars or something,” he said.

19 11 2010
20 11 2010
JJ

Who’s seen the new movie already? For us it may have to wait until mid-December but I’d love some Thinking Parent reviews.

20 11 2010
COD

We are planning to hit a matinee on Monday.

23 11 2010
JJ

Chris, did y’all get there to see it? I’m all aflutter to hear!

24 11 2010
JJ

Faster Times:

. . .everyone will be distracted by the bleak landscape of totalitarian warfare. Hogwarts is gone; Harry and co. are just guerilla soldiers.
Gosh, at least Hitler had a silly mustache. Voldemort doesn’t even have a nose.

24 11 2010
JJ

(cross-posting because it fits here too, so well that I’m starting not to be able to separate my posts and comments at all!)

Thinking Parents might want to think a lot about what this really means:

Is this real? — experience one of the most beloved stories of all time like you’ve never dreamt it before.”

It is the Nutcracker for our times, more dystopic holiday movie-imitating-life [or the other way round] in our real post-9-11 world where for their own private profit, corrupt investors cloaked in government power and lusting for more, force TSA violations excruciating in their intimate impersonality, on long lines of children and grannies carrying Christmas toys:

Nathan Lane channeling Einstein in a fright wig and a frightening Viennese accent, sings a ditty called “It’s All Relative” to the tune of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. . . a new story, set in a candy-cane early-20th-century Vienna, which begins with a young brother and sister, a big Christmas tree and a magical nutcracker before veering into a full-blown Nazi allegory with goose-stepping rats in steel helmets.

Things become even more oddly unfestive when we see shuffling lines of people forced to throw their children’s toys into huge piles on the street, an image clearly meant to evoke the Holocaust.

17 12 2010
JJ

The kids and I finally saw Harry Potter (Seven to Seven Point Five) at a discount Wednesday afternoon matinee, when Young Son’s bagpipes session was unexpectedly put off.

It was like watching a good WWII movie, combined with Lord of the Rings-style questing through natural settings.

23 03 2011
JJ

More science as magic and magic as reality:

Physics of the Future
. . . revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.

In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. . . Internet-enabled contact lenses . . .Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future?

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