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For All Harry Potter Series Fans Do You Know The Controversies Behind The Books You Read?

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Ronita Das

Associate Content Writer

1 Jul,2016

The Harry Potter book series by JK Rowling is no doubt a much-demanded book and won many hearts especially of youngsters, but at the same time, it has resulted in numerous controversies over its publication and content, primarily in the realms of law and religion.

Below listed are some of the controversies which may shock the Harry Potter fans. Read on:

Religious Debates Over The Harry Potter Series

Some claim that the novels contained the occult or satanic subtexts. A number of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians, as well as Shia and Sunni Muslims, have argued against the series. Supporters of the series have also agreed that the magic in Harry Potter bears little resemblance to occultism like it is shown in fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White.

Harry Potter Books Are Banned In The US

The United States calls for a ban on the Harry Potter books from schools. This has led to legal challenges on the grounds that witchcraft is a government-recognised religion and allowance of the books violates the separation of church and state. The books, however, have been banned from private schools in the United Arab Emirates and criticized in the Iranian state-run press.

Legal Disputes Over The Harry Potter Series

Since the first edition of the Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling has provoked a number of legal disputes. Rowling, her various publishers and Time Warner, the owner of the rights to the Harry Potter films, have taken numerous legal actions to protect their copyrights, and also have fielded accusations of copyright theft themselves. The worldwide popularity of the Harry Potter series has led to the arrival of a number of locally produced illegal sequels and other plagiaristic works, igniting efforts to ban or contain them.

Another area of legal dispute involves a series of bans obtained by Rowling and her publishers to prohibit anyone from distributing or reading her books before their official release dates. The sweeping powers of these orders have occasionally drawn fire from civil rights and free speech campaigners and sparked debates over the "right to read".

Political Concerns Over Harry Potter

 

There are many published theories about politics in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling, which received a range of criticism from racism to anti-government sentiments. When asked about the politics and message in Harry Potter, Rowling justified by saying, "I wanted Harry to leave our world and find exactly the same problems in the wizarding world. So you have the intent to impose a hierarchy, you have bigotry, and this notion of purity, which is this great fallacy, but it crops up all over the world. You should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth."

These controversies and negativities did not really affect the fan following of the harry potter series or the movies. It was and is still famous and will remain so in people’s heart and mind.

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