Was Voldemort Right? What type of world is Harry Potter fighting to Protect?

Was Voldemort right?
Editor’s note: In talking with a friend about what compels one to be ‘good’, we started discussing the wildly popular Harry Potter book and movie series. Phenomenon would be a more apt word. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out last Friday and tens of millions of people went to the theaters to watch the finale. 
Steve Sailer wrote an interesting article for Takimag that discussed the world of Hogwarts, wizardry, and Harry Potter. Titled Harry Potter’s Story of Race and Inheritance, he wrote:

Yet, because Muggles are so boring, the main impetus of the plot comes not from conflicts between Muggles and wizards, but from the war over race relations waged among wizards. On one side are our tolerant heroes. On the other are the evil Nazi purebloods—such as Voldemort and blond Draco Malfoy, Harry’s archrival from Slytherin House—who denigrate wizards of mixed-ancestry as “mudbloods.” 

Although Rowling, who once worked for Amnesty International, makes her books ostentatiously anti-racist, there’s something fundamentally bogus about her façade of conventional modern politics. Wizardry turns out to feature a politically incorrect dependence upon nature rather than nurture. Blood will tell. As Chris Suellentrop scoffed in Slate at Rowling’s eugenic worldview: “Hogwarts is nothing more than a magical Mensa meeting.”

The individual who wrote the article below (we’ll call it Was Voldemort Right?) dares go one step further than Sailer’s analysis and postulate a question that few dare ask… was the Dark Lord right? Now this site is SBPDL, but it’s always good to throw in pop culture articles now and then. This is one of those rare exceptions. “Paul Kersey” is one person, but in this instance, I’m proud to share this forum with a writer that makes many interesting points that Muggles will find unsavory. But in the end – if you know much about Harry Potter – you’ll have to ask yourself: What type of world is Harry Potter fighting to protect?
For those uninitiated into Harry Potter’s world, this one might be over your head. Nevertheless, enjoy. 
The Harry Potter series enchanted the hearts and minds of child and adult alike, and captivated an entire generation of readers.  Harry Potter is a global phenomenon, a multimillion dollar a year industry that has catapulted JK Rowling into international superstardom en route to becoming one of the wealthiest women in the world.

At a cursory glance, the tale of Harry and his companions is rife with the proper social pathologies and messages that permeate every book and movie in this multicultural age.  As a result, conservatives, libertarians, and particularly, leftist and far left activists have all sought to utilize Harry Potter for their own devices, claiming he and Albus Dumbledore as champions for progress and tolerance.

Of course, the directors of the films make sure to depict the enemy of the series, the malevolent, genocidal, Lord Voldemort as a wanton mass murderer obsessed with the concept of immortality.  This is a slight departure from the calculating and collected wizard depicted in the books, who strove for a greater society built on natural hierarchy.  Voldemort’s nuances and vision were left out of the movie in favor of a theatrical performance by Ralph Fiennes that may work on the big screen, yet ultimately left a camp stain on a much more complex character.

Rowling should be credited with creating such an intricate web of characters who’s story arcs all end with the mighty crescendo of drawn wands.  Readers and critics are generally so engrossed within the story itself that they fail to truly evaluate the social surroundings in which the story takes place.

The viewer is expected to take as a given the society that Harry Potter is defending as good, and to blindly pay fealty to loyalties provided. Instead of a critical glance, it’s very easy to fall into the corny morality that Harry never seems to transcend throughout the books and movies.

Hogwarts sure is a white school…
This view holds that Voldemort is the unquestioned epitome of evil while Harry symbolizes all that is good and right.  Ignored are the societal realities that motivate both Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters, as well as Albus Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix.

As a result, Rowling leaves ample room for questions that desperately need to be answered.  One of the most important questions is what exactly was Harry Potter defending?  What was the society that Harry, Dumbledore, and the rest of his intrepid friends sought to preserve from the evil clutches of Lord Voldemort and his despicable minions?

Deep down in the pit of your stomach, there lies this sneaking suspicion that there are some flaws within Harry’s worldview.  The curious dare to lend inclination towards the unthinkable notion that some of the things advocated by Lord Voldemort, may in fact be true.

As a result, when watching the movie and reading through the books, over and again, the inquisitive are faced with one question you are not supposed to ask; “was Lord Voldemort right?”

If we truly investigate the world in which Harry lives, and look at the skull beneath the skin, it is not the egalitarian dreamland that many of the more progressive supporters of the book seem to valorize.

The bondage of house elves as lifelong slaves to wizarding families is taken as a fact.  Goblins are strictly kept in their proper place manning the vaults ensconced within the caverns of Gringotts.  Centaurs, werewolves, and other sentient magical creatures are relegated to protected areas out of the way of ordinary wizarding life.

Interestingly enough, magic is not a wellspring from which all can drink.  A Bell Curve does apply to the wizarding world as magic is not equally distributed.  Some wizards have a higher aptitude in regards to their capabilities than others.  While Harry’s female accomplice Hermoine is out mastering complex spells and creating potions that would confound warlocks five times her age, her compatriot in Gryffindor House Neville Longbottom can at times barely tie his shoes.

Rowling makes it very clear in regards to the inheritability of magic that wizards are a genetic elite, who chose to live a completely separate existence.  They are literally a race unto their own, and pass magic along through blood.  As a result they have their own schools, financial institutions, government, and traditions.  They are a culture within a culture, a genetic aristocracy hidden within the folds of society itself. 

Additionally, despite their vast powers, even normal wizards are not globally oriented altruists like many of their non magical counterparts.   Harry, Dumbledore, and the rest of the Order of the Phoenix are not interested in ruling the non wizarding world, nor do they do not seem particularly concerned with the problems that those who well within it face.

Wizards have an amazing ability to use magic to their benefit, and could easily solve many of the problems that the non wizarding world faces.  Poverty, diseases, crime, and science all could be aided by wizarding ingenuity and know how, yet they chose to sever their connections to this world in favor of experimenting for their own benefit.

Instead wizards live in a completely segregated society, and shun many of the advances of modern life.  Wizards follow the International Decree of Secrecy and refuse to divulge information about themselves to the general population.  Magic is best kept a hidden secret, only to be explored and experimented with by the genetically fortunate.  They are the ones who will reap the bountiful rewards that magic brings, while the hapless non magical types will have to work through decades of technology to achieve even of their power.

Harry and his friends are also dismissive of the non wizarding world.  Non wizards although not harmed, are often depicted as bumbling imbeciles who can barely fend for themselves.  Wizards even have a specified word for those who do not have magical genes, deeming the non wizarding world as “muggles”  Given that muggle is a word used to identify someone of a certain genetic character, it is literally one of the more discriminatory terms one could possibly imagine.  Routinely muggles are depicted as gullible simpletons.  Harry’s blood relatives the Dursley’s are oafish modern Britons, while at one point in the series the Weasley twins discuss how they enjoy going into the village and impressing local girls with their card trickery.

If the non wizarding world ever does catch sight of something that may make them question their conventions, wizards confound them into forgetting it ever happened.  Wizards even insert plants within the branches of the non wizarding government to keep an eye on things, and to act as a liaison in the event of a breach between both worlds.

What type of world is Harry Potter fighting to protect?

Harry is fighting to preserve a fundamentally segregated society.

Unlike Lord Voldemort, or at one point in time, Albus Dumbledore, Harry is completely content to preserve the world that exists around him.  Harry at the end of book seven even comments that “I’ve had enough trouble for one life” and is content to live out his existence in peace with the world around.

Harry is a character who goes through many evolutions, but these are all initiated by the stimulus of

Adding to the already elitist components of the series, the wizarding world is also relatively anti-democratic.  Although the Minister of Magic is supposedly elected according to some sources, exactly who gets to vote is ominously missing.  One can likely assume that voting probably takes place by the high wizards of the Wizengamot, an elite group comprised of the best and wisest magical minds throughout the land.  They seem to make a majority of the decisions for the magical community throughout the books, and do so without consent to those they oversee.

Not all in the wizarding world consent to the society provided.  Lord Voldemort and his followers the Death Eaters offer a different alternative.  Voldemort was raised in an orphanage after his mother died shortly after childbirth.  Voldemort was left to fend for himself at an orphanage, and utilized his magical powers as a survival mechanism through he rose to the top of the pack of his fellow abandoned peers.  It was a Godsend for the young Tom Riddle to find out from the visiting Albus Dumbledore at age 11 that he was a unique and special.

His wildest dreams were pushed even further upon realizing that his capabilities far outpaced anything that had ever been seen in the wizarding world before.  Hogwarts was alight with the glory of Tom Riddle, who was a powerful and prodigious talent, always pushing magic to the next level.  Even Albus Dumbledore himself admits that Tom Riddle/Voldemort knew more about magic than any wizard that had ever existed.

Unfortunately, a hole existed in the soul of Riddle who longed to find out about his family history.  Upon discovering the unfortunate truth of his not so noble origins, and the way in which his muggle father abandoned him at birth, Voldemort became convinced of the ignoble and disreputable nature that the non wizarding world held towards their magical counterparts.

This coupled with being surrounded by less talented muggles at the orphanage during his summer months away from Hogwarts Castle only intensified his disdain for the world of the ordinary.

Voldemort is in some ways, the dynamic faustian individualist we see emerging in many civilizations. Instead of giving in to weakness, Voldemort crafted an ideology of power.  One that would put the non magical in their proper place and foment a society that would emphasis the talented as opposed to the idiotic.

Voldemort is of course motivated by his own selfish desire to conquer death, but for a wizard of his power who had achieved so much, one can only ask, what else was left for him?  As if the technological and medical advances we pursue today are any less of a Promethean effort to stave off the inevitable.
Voldemort and his Death Eaters merely want to preserve their own society.  Is Voldemort any more selfish for his desire to sacrifice people to will his own vision than Albus Dumbledore was for rearing Harry like a stock pig so that he could die at Voldemort’s hands and set up a scenario for his downfall?  Dumbledore is every bit as Machiavellian as Voldemort, he just works towards ends that are more in line with the egalitarian zeitgeist of our age.
Given that magic is a rare gene, and that it could be easily squandered, the Death Eaters hesitations about intermarriage are fairly logical.  One of the primary goals of the Death Eaters is to create a society in which magic can be fully explored, and this can only be accomplished if wizards are being bred at their highest possible potential.  Additionally they fundamentally understand that there is a link between the people and their culture, and that outside influences are a harmful influence.  Voldemort echoes this in the book and film when he offers a truce to the wizards of Hogwarts fighting against his influence by stating that every death is a drop of magical blood wasted.
Sure, Voldemort has many flaws, and his moral compass is certainly something untrained to our modern notion of good versus evil.  On some level though, Voldemort creates his own ethical standards, placing him firmly in the creator class versus the conservative Harry Potter who takes society as a given.  Even Harry’s mentor Albus Dumbledore flirted with the notion of power in his youth.  Instead Harry is a character who only is a reaction to the will of Lord Voldemort.  Harry defends, without question that world which has made him.  He fights because it preserves his life, and those of his friends.
Harry’s world is certainly much more worthy of preservation than the vile system known as Black-Run America (BRA) that we currently exist under.  Despite these healthy influences, we can only assume that the society that Harry Potter preserved from the dastardly Lord Voldemort is one where the right amount of progress has been made.  
I am sure by the time Harry said goodbye to his son Albus Severus as he boarded the train to Hogwarts that every house elf has been given forty acres and a mule, goblins are protected by special hate crimes legislation, and giants are the beneficiaries of affirmative action programs that provide them with jobs at the Ministry of Magic.  I am also positive the Slytherins are taught to despise themselves and their history, and that muggles are allowed into Hogwarts on the egalitarian basis that “magic is a social construct”.

Is Lord Voldemort really evil for not respecting the modern society of muggles, one replete with limp wristed leaders, a fecund culture, and a populace more nihilistic than a Ke$ha music video.  Is Lord Voldemort truly evil for not respecting the slothy modern Briton who would rather watch some guy kick a ball into a goal while he stuffs his face with chips and ale as his country descends into a multicultural cesspool?

 If you were Lord Voldemort, would you really look at Tony Blair or David Cameron, or the Osbournes and say “By golly these people are worth defending and preserving!”?  If you do, then you are a more conniving and soulless villain than anything that could emerge from the darkest recesses of JK Rowling’s imagination.  Perhaps in the end, Voldemort was right.



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