Banning Harry Potter Impedes Upon Our Rights
Muggles, Quidditch, and Hermoine. Do any of these words look familiarto you? If you are over the age of 11 then probably not these three words comefrom the Harry Potter book series. Muggles are non-magic people, quidditch is aball game, and Hermoine is a young wizard and one of the main characters of thePotter series. I know these things because I have had the chance to read thesewonderfully imaginative books. I believe it is wrong for the government orliterary groups to ban books because books are a way for children to learn toread and develop an imagination, censorship impedes on our first amendmentrights, and there is a separation between church and state.
“Great children’s books speak to the unconscious. Children havestrong feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and helplessness, but they haven’tdeveloped the rational thinking skills to cope with these feelings.” (Keith) Ithink this is very true, Harry Potter books speak to children of today’s world.The article leads on to say that a children’s book can lead to a structuredunconscious way for a child to resolve painful feelings. By reading a book,children can alleviate stress and anxiety by letting their imagination run wild.If groups continue to ban books like Harry Potter then they are decreasing achild potential for happiness. Keith says, “I want them (my children) to readbooks of fantasy that speak to and challenge their unconscious to be the bestthey can be. Then when they encounter God in their lives, they will have boththe ability to believe in His awesome nature and the discernment to recognizeand follow the truth of His Word.” When I re…
…ry about a books content or appropriateness.(Harry)Although, many challenges are submitted very rarely do books ever end up beingpulled off of the shelves. I think that the people that support banning bookstake it a little to far. We have rights protected by the Constitution that cannever be taken away. Why do they say that we need to protect them? I just donot understand the merit of some of their arguments supporting censorship.
I believe that censorship is not a good thing. It is society tellingus what it thinks is or is not morally ok for us to entertain ourselves with.Government groups and other boards should not ban books because books are a wayfor children to learn how to read and develop their imaginations, banning booksimpedes on our first amendment rights, and there is a separation between churchand state.