Gerry Canavan

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Being, Nothingness, and Harry Potter

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If Jean-Paul Sartre read Harry Potter.

It is only through the ministries of the nihilating Lord Voldemort, the anguish-dispensing Dementors and the squads of Death Eaters that meaning can accrue to the universe-which-must-not-be-named, which we instinctively recognize as a pale shade of our own. The Sartrean Voldemort embodies Nothingness; i.e., he concretizes Potter and his pals by being the negation of Hogwarts. By seeking to destroy Potter, Voldemort imparts form, or “facticity,” to the undifferentiated Beingness of Potter’s World of plenitude. Sans the struggle with Voldemort, the wizards would, of course, be nothing but hopeless dilettantes practicing parlor tricks.

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Written by gerrycanavan

August 18, 2005 at 11:00 pm

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