Potter's Deathly Hallows and Pierce v. Society of Sisters
nebraskalawprof at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 25 11:44:04 PDT 2007
Those of you who teach Pierce v. Society of Sisters might be interested in this passage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
In this seventh and last volume of Harry Potter, one of the first things the evil Lord Voldemort did after seizing power over the Ministry of Magic was to ban home schooling and parental choice and require attendance at Hogwarts, the government school for witchcraft and wizardry. Here is the relevant passage (p. 210):
"'What's Voldemort planning for Hogwarts?' she [Hermione] asked Lupin. 'Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard,' he replied. "That was announced yesterday. It's a change, because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every witch and wizard in Britain has been educated at Hogwarts, but their parents had the right to teach them at home or send them abroad if they preferred. This way, Voldemort will have the whole Wizarding population under his eye from a young age.'"
Just a heads up to those of you who like to bring pop culture into the classroom discussion. There is actually a lot about law and liberty in the Harry Potter novels. Harry Potter (i.e. J.K. Rowling) would make a great law review Symposium topic.
Cheers, Rick Duncan
Welpton Professor of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
"It's a funny thing about us human beings: not many of us doubt God's existence and then start sinning. Most of us sin and then start doubting His existence." --J. Budziszewski (The Revenge of Conscience)
"Once again the ancient maxim is vindicated, that the perversion of the best is the worst." -- Id.
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