JK Rowling has been relentless in criticizing President Trump.
The billionaire Harry Potter author religiously tweets about her disdain for American politics despite being a British born citizen.
But what’s ironic is that Rowling probably isn’t aware of the prominent conservative themes in her Harry Potter books.
20 years ago, Rowling published her first Harry Potter book.
It wasn’t long before they were brought to the big screen and she became an international sensation that made her rich beyond her wildest dreams.
The 51-year-old author has about 11 million followers on Twitter and constantly relays anti-Trump messages to her loyal readers.
Rowling has called Republican President Trump “offensive and bigoted” before.
But there are several rightwing themes in her Harry Potter books, and it seems she doesn’t even realize it.
“1) Walls between different societies are good
One of the ubiquitous elements of the Potterverse is the separation between the world of wizards, like Harry, and non-wizards, known as ‘Muggles.’
This separation is strictly enforced by the wizarding government (the “Ministry of Magic”), which goes to great lengths to ensure that the world of wizards is kept secret from the world of Muggles.
In some cases, wizarding communities are actually separated from Muggle communities by a physical barrier, like the magic walls at Diagon Alley and Platform 9-and-three-quarters.
The primary reason for the separation is familiar to anyone well-versed in Potter lore. Muggles, motivated by bloodthirsty religious reasoning, kept trying to kill wizards and witches by burning them at the stake.
So, in 1692, the wizarding community established the International Statute of Secrecy, which officially separated the world of wizards and muggles.
Another reason for the separation is explained by Hagrid in the very first Harry Potter book:
‘But what does a Ministry of Magic do?’
‘Well, their main job is to keep it from the Muggles that there’s still witches an’ wizards up an’ down the country.’
‘Why? Blimey, Harry, everyone’d be wantin’ magic solutions to their problems. Nah, we’re best left alone.’
In other words, if muggles were aware of the advanced capabilities of wizards, they would demand handouts — a kind of redistribution of magic from the haves to the have-nots.
One could easily imagine thousands of muggles queuing up at the borders of the magical world, demanding access to their superior healthcare and infrastructure. Who wants that kind of hassle, right?
The message of Harry Potter is clear: if there’s a big enough gap between two societies, the less advanced party will either try to kill you (especially if they belong to militant religions), or demand access to your superior standards of living while being unable to contribute to it. You only have one option — build that wall!
3) If a group has a terrorist problem, sometimes you have to ban them
Yes, yes, people always talk about the One Good Slytherin, Severus Snape.
But even he initially joined the Death Eaters! It took the murder of Snape’s high-school crush, Lilly Potter, at the hands of Voldemort, to finally deradicalize him.
But despite the existence of a few peaceful Slytherins, it is made abundantly clear, throughout the book, that Slytherin House has a serious problem.
As Hagrid puts it in the first book, “there’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad that wasn’t in Slytherin.’
Yes, that’s right: dark wizards, the terrorists of the Potterverse, almost always come from just one Hogwarts House — Slytherin.
Hagrid’s claim isn’t entirely accurate, because readers do encounter a few non-Slytherin baddies, like Gryffindor’s Peter Pettigrew and Ravenclaw’s Professor Quirrell — but the book still makes it abundantly clear that Slytherin produces the overwhelming majority of terrorist wizard. Lord Voldemort himself was a Slytherin!
By the end of the series, the Slytherin-terrorist problem has gotten so bad that virtually all of the prominent Slytherins in Harry’s year — Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe and Pansy Parkinson among others — had actively tried to assist Voldemort in some way.
As Voldemort and his goons bore down on Hogwarts, this caused a minor crisis for the school’s professors.
In addition to the evil intruder outside the castle gates, there were also dozens of Slytherins inside Hogwarts who would actively assist that intruder once his attack begun.
They were just sitting there, quietly waiting, hidden among the Peaceful Majority of Good Slytherins.
With no time to vet the Slytherins (or even “extreme vet” them), the professors had no choice: they enacted a Slytherin Ban, locking all students of the house in the dungeons for the duration of the battle.
The message? While an ideological faction with a propensity for terrorism might harbor some good, even admirable people, sometimes – to be on the safe side – you just have to ban them all.”
Trying to identify where the disconnect in her personal philosophy and her writing is perplexing, however she’s also British, so perhaps she should stay out of American politics altogether.