David Haddon

Correction: J. K. Rowling Advocates Physician-Assisted Suicide


In my previous article, I pointed out that J. K. Rowling’s making the standard arguments for euthanasia the motivation for Severus Snape’s accession to Albus Dumbledore’s request that Snape kill him amounted to advocacy of euthanasia. I stand corrected. What I had not realized was that this conversation in which Dumbledore appeals to Snape’s compassion […]

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J. K. Rowling Condones Euthanasia in Latest Book


J. K. Rowling’s latest book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows<</I> contains a justification for euthanasia not by the Dark Lord Voldemort but by the venerable leader of the “good” witches and wizards, Hogwarts School Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Aware that he has only a year to live as a result of a magical curse, he […]

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Child-on-Child Crime


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Half-Blood Prince), the sixth and latest book of the Potter series, finally gets going when Harry’s fellow student at Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry (Hogwarts), Draco Malfoy, immobilizes Harry with the Petrificus curse and then stomps his face, bloodying and breaking his nose (pp. 153-54). Harry lies there […]

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