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Symbols & Metaphors of the Holocaust in Harry Potter

Hannah Christiansen

on 26 April 2011

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Symbols and Metaphors of the
Holocaust in Harry Potter "Yer a wizard, 'Arry." An Introduction to the Eight Stages of Genocide "It is my belief that the truth is generally preferable to lies." "No one asked your opinion you filthy little Mudblood." "We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on." Harry Potter is overflowing with symbols and metaphors of the Holocaust Classification, Symbolism, Dehumanization, Organization, Polarization, Preparation, Extermination, Denial. Classification Symbolism Dehumanization Organization Polarization Preparation Extermination Denial "Genocide is a process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The process is not linear. Logically, later stages must be preceded by earlier stages. But all stages continue to operate throughout the process" - Stanton (Genocide Watch) It is a remarkably humane measure on our part, a hygienic and prophylactic measure to be sure that the Jew cannot infiltrate our ranks unseen to sow discord...Only a few knew that there were still so many Jews in Berlin. Everyone suddenly found someone in the neighborhood who seemed like a harmless fellow citizen, who perhaps complained or criticized a bit more than normal, and whom no one had thought to be a Jew...There are Jews one cannot recognize by external signs. These are the most dangerous. -Goebbels (Goebbels on the Jews) My model of the world after Voldemort’s return was, directly, the government of Neville Chamberlain in Great Britain during the Second World War, when he tried to minimize the menace of the Nazi regime for political convenience. - Rowling (MuggleNet) UK teachers remove Holocaust from lesson plans Bangladesh - 1971
East Timor - 1975-1999
Cambodia - 1975-1979
Guatemala 1981-1983
Bosnia 1992-1995
Rwanda 1994
Darfur 2004-??? 11 MILLION 'For the Greater Good' became Grindelwald's slogan, his justification for all the atrocities he committed later...They say 'For the Greater Good' was even carved over the entrance to Nurmengard...The prison Grindelwald had built to hold his opponents.
(Rowling 360) "While we may come from different places, and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one."
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