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Harry Potter Takes Drugs

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For this reason society requires that the education of youth should be watched with the most scrupulous attention. Education is a great measurer, forms the moral character of men and morals are the basis of government. Noah Webster, 1758-1843

I read the book Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone to stay abreast of current popular reading material for my children. I decided it was not suitable for my children because of the emphasis placed on the making and taking of drugs by the hero of the story, Harry Potter, as part of his education during his apprenticeship to a Potions Master. This drug-seeking behavior is "politically incorrect." There have been many popular books removed and indeed banned from libraries because they contain material deemed politically incorrect due to language or content. I suggest that this is one of those "incorrect" books because it contains drug language and drug content far more dangerous than the language of Huckleberry Finn or Little House on the Prairie.

I recommend this New York Times best seller be read by all adults with children and consider if they deem the content suitable for their child. The following quotation and story line from the book are alarming to me and certainly give children an indoctrinating message about drugs.

"I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses”.. I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death- if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach." The Potions Master

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone p. 137

This quotation is taken from the section of the discussion by the Potions Master as he berates the students for their lack of knowledge of making drugs when adding "powered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood." This plant wormwood contains thujone, a hypnotic drug, which is banned by the FDA, and wormwood is used to make Absinthe, a hallucinogenic liqueur. Another record near the end of the book, portrays seven bottles containing drug potions: 3 contain poison, 2 contain wine and 2 contain a magic drug, which the children are to correctly chose from and drink in order to reach their goal - the sorcerer's stone, which they are seeking, before the effects of the drug wears off. pp. 286-287

The drug message in this book is clear. To reach your goals in life like Harry Potter you need to know how to make drugs and take drugs in just the right way or else you are a "dunderhead" and will never succeed. Read the book for yourself and consider that the message is indeed there. Parents, children and teachers should be aware of the drug message this popular book delivers. Indeed, the Kentfield School District is reviewing it now. I suggest the message to our children by the support of this book is, "adults like me to read this book and it is OK for my hero, Harry Potter, to take drugs to reach his goal; so then it must be OK for me to make and take drugs to reach my goals too."

Parents beware of the drug message of this "politically incorrect" book.

The author is a physician and father who asked to remain anonymous.

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