The Spell Of Filthy Lucre…

I was pleased when my seven-year-old son went Harry Potter crazy. Having never read to himself before, he was suddenly racing through book after book, his bedside light on late into the night.

Never read anything before? Hmmm. Really?

I’d always admired JK Rowling from afar. Who wouldn’t? A writer whose imagination transfixed the world, whose riches now exceed those of the Queen, but who has founded a children’s charity, pays her taxes in full, and remains both poised and politically engaged: as role models go, it is hard to think of a better one.

Well, for a progressives, yes, no doubt.

Less pleasant, however, was the realisation that there was a marketing juggernaut poised to capitalise on my son’s enthusiasm.

Oh noes! The eeeeeevil capitalists are coming! More feared than Dementors!

…the children discovering Harry Potter now are immediately faced with a multibillion-pound industry trading in Potter-themed “experiences” and paraphernalia.

Ah, the innocence has been stripped away! No more the simple pleasure of reading a book published by a multi-million pound publishing industry…

In the gift shop at the British Library’s excellent exhibition, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, I watched my son deliberate anxiously about whether to spend nine weeks’ pocket money on a small piece of chocolate, and couldn’t avoid feeling that he was being fleeced by the Harry Potter industry.

Wait! The damn thing cost £4.50 – how much pocket money does the poor little sod get?!

And how will Saint JK get out of this one?

“My feeling is that Rowling, who once vowed to resist the commercialisation of her creation, has decided to ‘give the customers what they want’,” says Stephen Brown, a marketing expert at the University of Ulster who has studied the Harry Potter phenomenon.

“You can hardly blame her. If she didn’t, all sorts of fakes and counterfeits and so on would crawl out of the woodwork.”

Ah! Of course. It’s not really her fault at all…

Ah, the things you have to tell yourself!

8 comments for “The Spell Of Filthy Lucre…

  1. Mona
    December 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Harry Potter, can’t understand why a fatwa hasn’t been put on it ?.

  2. Errol
    December 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Hang on. Has the writer no concept of where tax comes from?

    In one step she lauds that Rowling ‘pays her taxes’ – she might, but the vehicles around them do not – yet she complains about paying for products.

    This is where tax comes fomr you stupid, stupid bint. By the creation of new wealth. I can’t get my head around it. Do they think it just magically appears? Do they believe that ‘niceness’ makes money?

    Why are the Lefties not giving up their entire salaries to charity? Why are they writing for the tax dodging Guardian? Or is hypocrisy ok when they do it? My flabber is gasted. These people are absurd. No, honestly, I cannot comprehend how she thinks. It’s deranged.

  3. Stonyground
    December 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that lefties just don’t have the slightest idea how the world works. The failures of socialism are pretty much universal. For some reason it is always evil capitalists who are to blame for their inability to bring about the promised heavenly utopia. The difference between the likes of J.K. Rowling taking her, or her son’s, money and the state taking her money is that, in the former case, there is a choice, nobody is forcing anyone to buy Harry Potter merchandise.

    I would also suggest that by turning her son into a confident reader. Rowling has given him a gift that it is impossible to but a price on.

  4. Pcar
    December 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    imho C S Lewis’ Narnia novels are infinitely better than JK Rowling’s pious ramblings.

  5. December 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

    If JKR is richer than the Queen, how come she has not solved child-poverty in the UK at least? I have heard lefties ask that about the Queen’s riches. Why are homeless still unhomed? Why are her many homes not filled with the refugees she clamours for everyone else to let in and support? Why has she not waved Harry’s magic wand?

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      December 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Why indeed? they all have broomsticks but their magic wands have been burnt out by the fire of hypocrisy.

      And then, the left are all gob and virtue signalling, BS SJWs but signifying nothing – oh and btw the left are very, very inefficient at spending other people’s money.

      I’d be willing to bet that Rowling is as ‘near’ with her fortune as are the Kinnochios, blairs, milipeeds and corbyn and all metaphorically tight as ducks bottoms.

  6. Stonyground
    December 23, 2017 at 11:46 am

    “…left are very, very inefficient at spending other people’s money.”

    Actually they are very efficient at spending it, just not any good at doing anything useful with it. I would also add that being ever so generous to those less fortunate could be said to be a virtue if you are doing it with your own money. Being generous with other people’s money, without their consent, is more of a vice.

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      December 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      “efficient” is not word I can associate with the left.

      Charity is a virtue.

      I am not going to get into a philosophical discourse on morals, ethics and relative virtue as advertized and espoused by the left, most of them wouldn’t know of real Charity, even if she hit them with club, likewise Rowling.

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