"To a child who is not well-read, Harry Potter is dangerous—and so is any other book he or she may read. But the best defense against one idea is not fewer ideas, but more of them; and the best defense against one book is a whole host of them. Being widely read, in other words, is the best inoculation against the dangers of literature. Being widely read enables a person to not only see an idea, but, as Chesterton put it, to see through it.
Literature is dangerous—except when taken in large doses."
Friday, July 18, 2008
In this interesting article, Martin Cothran of Memoria Press takes a look at the Harry Potter stories, the "dangers" of great literature, and the importance of not mistaking good literature for great literature. Here is a sampling: