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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

We checked out Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix over this last weekend (wife and daughter saw it in theatres but I missed out) and I really liked it a lot.  I could wax poetic on how the special effects were great, the acting was definitely top-notch, and the story line seemed appropriate for the situations presented, but mainly what I got out of the movie was a happy, pleasant feeling.

I felt warm all over.

In fact, it was indeed a bit tingly.

I’ve finally watched a successful movie targeted at kids and WASN’T made sick by political agendas.

That’s right,

harry potter dumbledore says guns are ok

WARNING: the rest of this has some spoilers in it, so if you haven’t seen it, you might want to click away.

SPOILER ALERT!

Ok, now that I’m done with that spoiler alert part, I have to say how refreshing it is to have some common sense in kids movies every once in a while.  In the movie, Harry defends himself against a vicious attack by the Dementors with his magic wand (a “terrible WMD: weapon of magical destruction”) and then faces charges because he did so in the presence of a muggle.  The whole courtroom, Ministry of Magic, the new character Umbridge, and the incredibly pompous and liberal attitude of those in charge boiled my blood and for the screenplay writers to actually write in and display how ludicrous it all seems when faced with a dangerous situation deserves my sincere applause.

*applause*

When I asked my 13 yr old daughter how she felt about the court proceedings and how Harry was being persecuted for his actions, she agreed that he did what he had to do to protect himself.  It seemed common sense.  And she even got a little mad that the Minister moved the hearing up 3 hours in the attempt to make Dumbledore miss it – YEA AGAIN for the writers!  And who didn’t love Dumbledore’s response?

Dumbledore: Witness for the defense, Albus Percival Wulfric…Brian…Dumbledore.
Fudge: You, you got our message that the time and place of the hearing had been changed, did you?
Dumbledore: I must have missed it. But by a happy mistake I arrived at the Ministry three hours early.

Heh, “happy mistake”.

I did a little googling to see how many others caught this parallel between the script and gun control ideology and there are plenty.  Maybe this world isn’t going to hell in a handbasket after all – at least, as long as us gun-toting freedom lovers keep some common sense around.

If you’re wondering where I sit on the gun control debate, you can take a look at my bumper sticker collection

right to keep bear arms bumper sticker dictators prefer unarmed citizens

right to keep bear arms bumper sticker guns are outlawed outlaws

right keep bear arms bumper sticker if guns cause crime women cause prostitution

never shoot to kill, always shoot to live

 question authority, don't ask why, just do it!

we can fire politicians because we can fire guns

 

And lo, the people did comment thus:

2 Comments

  1. Dave2 says:

    Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one. Keeping the existence of magic a secret from muggles might be deemed more important for the good of ALL magicians rather than the survival of an individual.

  2. Wayne says:

    Dave2, you know, that’s an excellent point. I was focusing on (and failed to mention in the post) the fact that the “law” in the movie prohibits use of magic in the presence of a Muggle except in cases of life-or-death self defense and that they were persecuting him for concocting a story about Dementors because Muggles can’t see them.

    But your point transcends that issue and pushes on to the greater good for magicians in general. And it deserves considerable thought.

    Plus, it bridges in Star Trek too, and that’s never a bad thing. 🙂

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