The Pros And Cons Of Harry Potter

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Good Wizard or Bad?
The Harry Potter series is prominent for its extreme controversial topic displayed throughout the book. The everlasting dispute between Acocella and Bloom continues. Joan Acocella, a world renowned author, famous for her career as a dance critic for Dance Magazine, the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal. In Potter’s defense, Acocella supports Rowling’s writings to support its relative, yet imaginary tone in her piece “Under the Spell.” On the other hand, there is Harold Bloom, a well-educated professor who spends his time studying western literature. In Bloom’s article “Can 35 Million Book Buyers Be Wrong? Yes.” Bloom discusses the book 's underlying message. He suggests that the Potter series is not relatable.
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The trinkets are whimsical, and so are the people. “The Hogwarts staff is a display case all its own,” (Acocella, 530) as she lists the various characters in the story. For one to truly understand this book they must be open minded in a sense where the normal is, but doesn 't always have to be. Bloom mocks Acocella’s ideas by stating that there are children 's books more superior to the Potter series. For starters, he says, “..The book is not well written.. (Bloom, 538) noting on the fact that it has more potential than what Rowling actually produced. However he also states, “The ultimate model for Harry Potter is ‘Tom Brown’s School Days’ by Thomas Hughes, published in 1857" (Bloom, 538). This empathizes the fact that the overall outline of Harry Potter was not even original and because these ideas were not her own, readers cannot understand them since she can not either.
Acocella believes in Rowling’s capability pin points certain social issues, One of the biggest being, discrimination. First off, there is discrimination due to race. As Acocella discusses, “But racism is a major problem at Hogwarts. Yes, the student body includes Cho Chang and Parvati Patil and Dean Thomas, who has dreadlocks" (Acocella, 532). Instead of turning against Rowling, she applauds her efforts to make this issue noticeable.
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