May 2006 Vol. 104 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Benjamin H. Barton

Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. By J.K. Rowling. New York: Scholastic Press. 2005. Pp. x, 652. $29.99.

What would you think of a government that engaged in this list of tyrannical activities: tortured children for lying; designed its prison specifically to suck all life and hope out of the inmates; placed citizens in that prison without a hearing; ordered the death penalty without a trial; allowed the powerful, rich, or famous to control policy; selectively prosecuted crimes (the powerful go unpunished and the unpopular face trumped-up charges); conducted criminal trials without defense counsel; used truth serum to force confessions; maintained constant surveillance over all citizens; offered no elections and no democratic lawmaking process; and controlled the press?

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