Can cinematic representation be compared to linguistic expression? May we think of
films as having an “author” or “authors”? What is distinctive about cinematic narration and may
we conceive of a narrator in cinema? Are questions of gender and race matters simply of
representation or are they manifested structurally?
Islam: in 2002 the books were banned in schools in United Arab Emirates being labeled as un-Islamic, containing elements of fantasy and magic which are against Islamic values. In 2007, hours before the release of the final HP book the police force found and defused a bomb located near a shopping centre in Pakistan. However the police don’t know for sure if the target was indeed the HP premiere or not. 6 days after this event a newspaper in Iran criticized the Iranian minister of culture for accepting the HP books in their country claiming that the publisher of HP is of Zionist origin. The newspaper further described the books as a Zionist project on which was spent billions of dollars. In 2009 a documentary on Iranian television about Harry Potter said: “The creation of new stories, based on mythical themes of witchcraft and devil worship, has always been a tool used by contemporary Zionists, and it is once again used in recent years, now more visibly than ever, targeting innocent children and youth.” Judaism: in the Judaic community Harry Potter has received mainly favorable reviews: in “a society in which adolescents are precociously adult, and adults are permanently adolescent”, Harry Potter has “reclaimed the kingdom of childhood, proving that you don’t have to betray to enchant”; the HP books are “a force for good”; etc. The only thing that angered the community was the setting of the premiere of the last book on a Sabbath day. Rowling’s response to all these accusations: “I absolutely did not start writing these books to encourage any child into witchcraft. I’m laughing slightly because to me, the idea is absurd. I have met thousands of children and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, “Ms Rowling, I’m so glad I’ve read these books because now I want to be a witch.”; “People underestimate children so hugely, they know it’s fiction. When people are arguing from that kind of standpoint, I don’t think reason works tremendously well. But I would be surprised if some of them had read the books at all.”>GET ANSWER