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By virtue of your passion and willingness to spend so much time writing about this book you people almost have me convinced that I am missing something by not being an HP fan!

The discussion you are having is the very reason I love, love, love my book group. The more people you can discuss a book with the more you get out of it. I'd sort of rather see this book group discussing something more substantive but then again, the world is too much with most of us so maybe full escape into Hogwarts is not a bad thing. Haven't done it so I don't know.

Patzer, this caught my eye

Anyway, the reason I think Hermione's attitude towards the elves is bad writing isn't because she thinks they deserve freedom and I think they don't want it. I think it's bad writing because Hermione is shown in every other respect to be highly intelligent and a thorough researcher of subjects that catch her interest. But in this single case, her position is a simple minded pushing of a political agenda that isn't being accepted.

This is soooo typical of radical teens. The most intelligent, intellectually driven radical teen can become the worst knee-jerk, bleeding heart, bull-headed politico in a second. Sounds to me like Rowling has figured this out and charactarized it to a "t". :-)

The good news is that that kind of passionate, radical behavior is what drives change. In real life even the worst behavior can have good results (think Vietnam, PETA, the more violent approaches to civil rights, etc.) I'm not totally clear on Hermione and the 'elf thing' but it sounds like it has potential.

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