The Left’s Infatuation with Harry Potter

People line up to purchase Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at a bookstore in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2007. (Zainal Abd Halim/Reuters)
Given the series’ questionable progressive bona fides, why does the Left insist upon using the series to explain events in the real world?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he progressive Left adores Harry Potter, analogizing nigh endlessly from the books. Why, of all the literary comparisons, they should choose this book series is completely bewildering . . . perhaps even bamboozling. Open-carrying deadly weapons; children of parents who pay no taxes attend a highly traditional and successful private school with nary a speck of government oversight. These lucky few inhabit an exceptional realm cut off from the rest of the world by a physical wall, lest those outside wish to share in the benefits of a magical society. What is more, the author of the book series, J.

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