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Thread #70252   Message #1199325
Posted By: Blackcatter
03-Jun-04 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: New Harry Potter Film (Prisoner of Azkaban)
Subject: RE: BS: New Harry Potter Film (Prisoner of Azkaban
Thank you all for your thoughtful responses - you have educated me on the books more than I was before, though some of my opinions are still my opinions (and of course, I'm not the only one to hold them, just one of the few who bothered to post to this thread).

As for The books make it very clear that Hogwarts includes students of many races and ethnicities --- and regards the variety as something so normal as not to need comment or explanation.

I will take your word for it, but I has said twice that I'm interested in the main characters. - Blacks in the U.S. are quite used to being represented by minor "throwaway" characters in TV, movies and plays. May be it is "Hollywood," but the three main protatanist children and the main three antagonist children and the teachers that I'm aware of all appear to be white. And true enough class distinction in the stories isn't a big deal, but the "poor" boy (sorry, I can't remember his name) seems to come from a house that is filled with a heck of a lot more stuff than any of the poor people I know.

Do I think that the books/movies are require to be racially diverse and acknowledge people from different classes? No, of course not, but in the U.S. we continue to struggle with such issues - they divide our country and our children often do not get exposed to people of other races and ecconomic levels.

I wonder how well the books sell to black and asian children?

Thank you again for your thoughtful responses.