Blog 9:

MacNeil, beginning on page 559 and continuing on to 560, under the fifth section: Justice for All? Transfiguring the Magic Kingdom, discusses the ways in which Harry Potter raises the question what is good and what is evil: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire anticipates, even pre-empts, proleptically, this jurisprudential shift in its representations of a legal system that cannot tell, with any conviction, who is a Death-Eater and who is a White Wizard” (560) i.e., who is good and who is evil. He states out that point the book is trying to make seems to be that there is no way to authoritatively tell who is good and who is evil because evil it seems is a product (repercussion) of all good. I focused specifically the passage: “The great uncertainty here is not whether Voldemort should be resisted – clearly he must be – but whether this world, with its admixture of good and evil, is one worth fighting for” because I think it raises an interesting question about the line between good and evil. Because MacNeil also highlights the “social evils” that are prevalent not just throughout the novel, but also within Hogwarts, including the enslavement of the elves, and the gap between classes and between “full bloods, half-bloods and mudbloods,” it seems as if there is no justification for fighting for a world which is both good and evil. This is not just true of Harry Potter, but it is representative of our society today; there is often the question of what is worth fighting for when it is difficult to not be entirely un-hypocritical. As with the other sections of the essay, though it is writing about the law within Harry Potter, the questions and points that arise are applicable to the real world outside of literature. Many of the characters, like Voldemort, are comparable to actual people in history (Lenin for example (560)). This passage, in particular, continues to develop the ideas that MacNeil raises previously about society and the legal system that governs it and how what is shown in Harry Potter (in this instance the question about fighting for a world that is a mixture of both good and evil) is transferable to the real world. I would forward this work to another reader by explaining how MacNeil utilizes the work of Jk. Rowling to raise some questions about the laws that govern our society and the representations of the different groups of people.