Anglican Samizdat

September 30, 2009

Harry Potter does not get a medal

Filed under: Books — David Jenkins @ 11:20 pm

I’ve read all the Harry Potter books and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Their predominant theme is good vs. evil,  and yes, there is magic, sorcery and witchcraft – just as there is in Add an ImageJ.R.R. Tolkien. Although Rowling is not in the same league as C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, I think her books are an entertaining read and relatively harmless; not all agree:

Harry Potter author JK Rowling missed out on a top honour because some US politicians believed she “encouraged witchcraft”, it has been claimed.

Matt Latimer, former speech writer for President George W Bush, said that some members of his administration believed her books promoted sorcery.

As a result, she was never presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The claims appear in Latimer’s new book called Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor.

He wrote that “narrow thinking” led White House officials to object to giving Rowling the civilian honour.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded for:

It recognizes those individuals whom have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

However much I enjoyed Harry Potter, outside Rowling’s fantasy world, I can’t see him contributing much to culture and nothing at all to world peace, whatever that is. Surely the reason Rowling was not given this award was because it has no relevance to her work. Still, I imagine she must be pretty upset as she ponders the slight on her way to depositing the next million in her local Barclays.



  1. Rowling (apparently a friend of British Prime minister Gordon Brown) is reported as giving £1 million to the ruling Labour Party, which, like the rulerships of most Western countries, is a big promoter of the abortion holocaust – so much for Rowling/Potter being involved in the fight against evil. In the real world, as opposed to in in fiction, it seems that Voldermort won after all …

    Comment by John Thomas — October 1, 2009 @ 3:38 am

  2. I’m getting really tired of the “left wing party is evil incarnate” thing. It is quite possible to support a political party without supporting every decision that political party has made. She may well support access to abortion, but it is silly to assume that she does because she gave money to the Labour party. I support the NDP, but I don’t agree with their abortion policies.

    Comment by Kate — October 1, 2009 @ 6:45 am

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