JK Rowling uses Dumbledore to explain her opposition to Israel boycott

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J.K. Rowling uses Dumbledore to explain why she’s against Israel boycott.

“I have deplored most of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s actions in office,” the author wrote Monday in a TwitLonger post. “However, I do not believe that a cultural boycott will force Mr Netanyahu from power, nor have I ever heard of a cultural boycott ending a bloody and prolonged conflict. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.JK Rowling has responded to a Palestinian fan who used Harry Potter books to question her stance on cooperation with Israel – by doing exactly the same thing.Fans claimed “talking” did not stop Wizarding Wars in the Potter novels but Rowling said she opposed a wider cultural boycott as it would silence “Israelis who are pro-Palestinian”.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. In a letter titled ‘Why Dumbledore went to the hilltop’ she outlines how the actions of Hogwarts headmaster Professor Dumbledore demonstrate the kind of openness she thinks should be encouraged between the two states.

Explaining the thinking behind the professor’s self-sacrifice in book six, she claims Dumbledore is the ‘moral heart’ of the series and is a good symbol for effective diplomacy. It satisfies the human urge to do something, anything, in the face of horrific human suffering.” But she added: “What sits uncomfortably with me is that severing contacts with Israel’s cultural and academic community means refusing to engage with some of the Israelis who are most pro-Palestinian, and most critical of Israel’s government. Palestinian Potter fan Mia Oudeh took issue with this view, arguing: ‘No cultural engagement between Palestinians and Israelis will ever build bridges, because rather than the “two sides are to blame” argument the letter you signed endorses, there are no two sides.’ Mia’s letter gained over 7,000 likes on Facebook, prompting Rowling to compose a response – explaining why it is important that Dumbledore met with Snape on the hilltop where he was killed for the greater good. ‘Boycotting Israel on every possible front has its allure. The letter cites its signatories’ belief that “cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory and will not further peace”.

All books dealing with morality can be picked apart for those lines and themes that best suit the arguer’s perspective. ‘I can only say that a full discussion of morality within the series is impossible without examining Dumbledore’s actions, because he is the moral heart of the books. However, the course of my fictional war was forever changed when Snape chose to abandon the course on which he was set, and Dumbledore helped him do it.

Rowling pointed to the case of Dumbledore choosing dialogue over violence even in the midst of the Wizarding War, Time reported. “Dumbledore is an academic and he believes that certain channels of communication should always remain open,” she wrote of the moment Dumbledore chose to meet with Severus Snape, whose loyalties were uncertain at the time. “Theirs was a partnership without which Harry’s willingness to fight would have been pointless.” “The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. Rowling continued: ‘The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. Tickets go on sale online only at 11am GMT on Wednesday 28 October, on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday 30 October to the general public.

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