Posts Tagged ‘Harry Potter’

I must confess, I have never seen one second nor read one paragraph of the “Harry Potter” trilogy.

Why? Well, I’m more of a Star Wars buff, I don’t know. It just didn’t do anything for me. Maybe it’s because I’m older than one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends. Who knows?

ziggy and harry potterThat said, it’s huge. Every time that four-eyed, pre-pubescent mole hits the big screen, this country goes Hogwart Crazy. And one of the craziest is its author and uber-millionaire, J. K. Rowling.

The woman is the British Oprah, only without her own self-serving talk show (did I type that out loud).To her credit, she has sold more than 400 million books, was on welfare more than five years ago, one of top 10 richest women in the U.K. and is a notable philanthropist.

So, what do you get the woman who has everything? I’m not sure, but the one you don’t get her was found in a BBC News story as we discover President Bush allegedly objected to giving her the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

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.

Well, let’s get this straight, the other authors who won been this prestigious medal are Harper Lee (“To Kill a Mockingbird“) and John Steinbeck (“Of Mice & Men” and “The Grapes of Wrath“).

That’s two critically acclaimed authors of their generation and books that changed lives. From culture, race and philosophy, these books are regaled throughout time. And then, bringing up the rear is Rowling’s book about some nerdy sorcerer with a hankering of broom flying.

Yeah, that’s a match on the mantle, wouldn’t you say?

To wit all you Potter Homers, let’s not fret about this too bad for three obvious reasons:

  1. The books do promote sorcery. I mean, go to a toy store when that polished turd hits screens and tell me what you see? Faux magic books, brooms, witches’ cauldrons and all that implies. Get off your high horse and call a Voldemort what he is and move on.
  2. The Presidential Medal of Freedom means much more than making millions off teenage goobers. It’s the highest award given for meritorious service, and “to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Does this chic do any of that?!
  3. $798 million. Five books for an average of  $159,600,000 each time her publisher says, “Ka-ching!” In other words, if she wants one that bad, go buy one. Just sayin’.
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