Harry Potter and Josep Stalin are quite similar indeed. Image source: Segunda Guerra Mundial / Flickr
The fan-fiction world is becoming exceedingly vast; to the point where fantasy novels are integrating with political movements. A fresh example of such a union is Harry Potter becoming a communist. The beloved franchise of children and numerous adults certainly possess elements from multiple political narratives. However, communism might be too hard a stance for a fantasy storyline. So it begs the question, is Harry Potter a communist?
An incredibly incoherent Harry Potter fan-fiction is making rounds on the internet. 191 chapter long story revolves around Harry discovering communism and becoming a ‘comrade’. The straining piece of writing has more than one plothole and fails on a massive scale to produce an intellectual argument. The profanity packed tale depicts Harry as an obnoxious teenager who begins every line with “bourgeois intellectual elitism” or ends the character’s train of thoughts with “he said, communistly”. To no one’s surprise, the fan-fiction has been garnering mostly negative feedback according to the online gambling news in the UK.
Is Harry Potter a Communist? The original franchise disagrees
J.K. Rowling is an award-winning author who diligently drafted this remarkable piece of literature. Taking a meticulous look at the books, one may uncover the story deeply riddled with political implications. The novels converse about similar socio-political dilemmas that are present in both the Wizarding and Muggle world. The fan-fiction escapism is merely a mirror reflecting on the hard and ugly truths of an unjust system.
“I wanted Harry to leave our world and find exactly the same problems in the wizarding world. So you have the intent to impose a hierarchy, you have bigotry, and this notion of purity, which is this great fallacy, but it crops up all over the world. People like to think themselves superior and that if they can pride themselves in nothing else they can pride themselves on perceived purity. […]. It wasn’t really exclusively that. I think you can see in the Ministry even before it’s taken over, there are parallels to regimes we all know and love. You should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth.” Rowling elaborating on the political context in Harry Potter.
Essentially, the story about ‘the boy who lived’ promotes criticism against racism similar to the original ideology of communism. However, the anti-government sentiment throughout the books vehemently dismisses the communist theory.
Fan-fiction triggers debate: Is Harry Potter a Communist?
Harry’s desire to learn about communism stems from his feelings towards his rather ignorant Uncle Vernon hating on communists. In essence, anything Uncle Vernon despises can not be all that bad- Harry evaluates. Behold, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts the following summer “wearing an Ushanka with a red star, a Che Guevara T-shirt, and browline glasses […] had my scar changed from a lightning bolt to a hammer and a sickle.”
It may come as a surprise to some readers to uncover Rowling’s inspirations behind multiple characters. Cornelius Fudge, Minister for Magic, merely follows in the shadow of Former UK Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Chamberlain went to vast extents to avoid war, quite similar to Fudge. Furthermore, the inspirations for Voldemort comes from real-life megalomaniacs, Hitler and Stalin.
Quite contrary to the theme of the franchise, the fan-fiction author HardcoreCommie, incessantly brings down characters that are adored by the fans. McGonagall’s portrayal as a racist imperialist and Hermoine as a bourgeoise makes absolutely no sense, considering Hermoine’s tireless efforts for S.P.E.W. Fans on online gambling sites in the UK render the theory illogical. Consequently, 1xBet offers short odds of 19.00 in favor of Rowling confirming the theory before 2019 ends.