Hermione Experiences Censorship

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Today’s the last day of banned books week, however our freedom to read should be celebrated all year. I was going to end the week with my favorite series and well-known for being challenged, of course I’m referring to the Harry Potter series. Instead, I decided to use a past post about Harry Potter.

Any student found in possession of the magazine ,The Quibbler, will be expelled.

For some reason, every time Hermione caught sight of one of these signs she beamed with pleasure.

‘What exactly are you so happy about?’ Harry asked her.

‘Oh, Harry don’t you see?’ Hermione breathed. ‘If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!’

– J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, page 512)

I don’t think this conversation spoils the book if you haven’t read it yet. The basic idea is that the magazine, The Quibbler, provided information that the ministry didn’t want students to know about. Of course, Hermione catches this action right away and understands that students will now learn the truth. By the end of the day, every student read The Quibbler.

What happens when you ban or forbid something? Of course, our curiosity wins and we desire to seek what others don’t want us to learn or comprehend. Individuals crave to know what information and context is so terrible and extreme that some want to influence others from not reading it. So don’t be afraid to read the book, listen to the song, or watch the movie that others find ‘questionable’ or ‘inappropriate’. My personal philosophy is that any book worth banning is a book worth reading.

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12 thoughts on “Hermione Experiences Censorship

    Jeyna Grace said:
    October 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Love how you related hermione’s statement to the current week.

      Caroline responded:
      October 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      I wrote part of the post more than two months ago, so I knew people wouldn’t find it. Well, Hermione is my favorite character. She’s such a book lover who loves information. I should try writing some fan fiction like you. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

    Dayle Fraschilla said:
    October 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    That is awesome! I completely forgot about that part of the books 🙂

    One of the books I became aware of this week is one that people are trying to ban before it’s even released (it’s been released electronically – or “leaked” – I’m still unsure of the details). In trying to research the book, I found dozens of comments on various blogs about how the book should be banned (the blogs never actually mentioned that book – they discussed other banned books). The basic response to all those comments was “now all I want to do is find the book and read it!” – and now I’m in the same position!

      Caroline responded:
      October 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Well, I’ve read the books numerous times and I remember little moments. (Also, Hermione is my favorite character.) That’s very interesting that people want to ban a book even before it’s been published. I’d be curious what the book is about and the ideas that are so ‘dangerous’. Well, we can only hope that someone ‘leaks’ the title so we know what book to read. I’ll put my name to read the book too. Thanks for your comment.

        Dayle Fraschilla said:
        October 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        Sorry! This is what happens when I try to do 15 things at once 😛 . . . The book is “Keeley Thomson – Demon Girl” by K.L. Byron. All I know is that it’s about a girl who finds out she’s a demon or part demon and apparently it has anti-Christian sentiments. That’s all I could find . . . There’s a bunch of sites where it’s available for download, but I’m pretty much computer stupid and I always end up downloading about 20 extra things I don’t want! I think it’s supposed to be released in print this month.

          Caroline responded:
          October 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

          I’ll research the book. I always feel bad downloading books when I shouldn’t. I think that’s the reason J.K. Rowling is afraid to make her books available on e-readers. Thanks for the info 🙂

        Dayle Fraschilla said:
        October 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

        I obviously didn’t search hard enough before 😛

        http://orangecatpublishing.com/shelves/ya/scifi_fantasy/byron_kl/keeley_1_demon_girl.html

        The download’s legit – straight from the publishing company. But it won’t let me open the pdf with Acrobat Reader :/

        Dayle Fraschilla said:
        October 2, 2011 at 5:08 am

        Hey! Sorry to take up so much of your comment space, but I’m totally fascinated by this.

        I think I was suckered 😛

        Through more reading and what I could (and could not) find out about the book, I’m beginning to think it was “leaked” on purpose and that the comments spreading around the internet are marketing ploys.

        I managed to download and open the book – apparently the publishing company only publishes electronically and all of their books are free (you have the option to leave a donation). I read all of a page and a half and the grammar is atrocious . . . But I’m sure curiosity will over come my inner grammar nerd!

        I guess this all proof of Hermione’s statement that the best way to get people to read something is to ban it 🙂 If it is a marketing ploy, I think it’s brilliant to put it all out there during Banned Books Week!

          Caroline responded:
          October 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

          Oh, it’s okay you don’t have to apologize for making a comment. I didn’t know it would spark such an interest. I like looking for meaningful information inside books to share with others. I’ll have to look into the book that others don’t want read. It’s silly, but often I think the best thing that can happen is if the author’s work is banned then everyone wants to read it. During this past week, I’ve read numerous blogs that highlighted different banned books and people are shocked to discover why. Ideas interest people and causes us to be curious. Hermione is a smart one. 🙂

        Dayle Fraschilla said:
        October 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm

        She is indeed 🙂

    Zoya said:
    October 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    So true! Depriving people of a particular book only rouses their curiosity even more. Like Caroline mentioned here…not being able to find ebooks on HP made people put up scanned copies of the books. I was amazed at how the unofficial copies of the pdf versions were making rounds on internet some time back 🙂

      Caroline responded:
      October 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Well soon HP will legally be on e-readers through pottermore. At least that is the plan. Although, I still like the magic in the large book. I don’t want others to tell me what I can or cannot read, so I won’t stop others either. Thanks for your comment.

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