by Toneeke Henderson
What is all the beef about Harry Potter movies. My goodness isn't there more important issues to fuss about. You know for the age that I am, I can remember many movies with supernatural powers and even comic books that may still exist today. Lets see how many of you can remember these few. I Dream of Jeanie, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Star Trek, The movie "V". What about good ole' sweet looking "ET". I bet you forgot about that one, Oh now we have our memories shaking, Luke Skywalker, Jabadahut, Yo Da, he was the really kewl little green funky looking guy with the most wisdom in Star Wars... you think maybe any of the critics local or other wise are sucking up that wisdom. Don't think so.
What about Santa Clause, you remember him don't you, The Easter Bunny, and the poor Turkey you eat in November. At least the Turkey was real.
Now lets go a little further back, to a time when The Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock were on TV. How about Lost in Space. Oh Yeah, I am that old or old enough to say I watched those movies and learned a lot from them. What about "The Prisoner" I believe that was about a man rolling around the world in a bubble.
I personally liked the Quantum Leap show and Touched by an Angel. Oh now that one is ok right? Heck I even like the TV show Six Feet Under.
I believe some of the people that want to scorn and condemn Harry Potter are the very ones who watched the same movies as listed above. No we cannot say "well that was then and this is now". Heck, the only thing different between Harry Potter and Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger is the riding tool. They all assist those who are in need. Capturing or putting an end to the bad guys. I mean lets get a grip here, a movie is a movie. Some use guns, some use wands, at least the later is a stick.
Now lets look at it from another perspective. Roy Rogers had a horse named Trigger who could do a lot of special things. He didn't take drugs or drink or cuss, not that I can remember anyway. Now the Lone Ranger, he had a mask and he was special in his own way. The mask gave him an inner ability to fuse the bad guys with his fancy hidden abilities, magic... hmm well maybe. Is that like Samson and his hair?.
Going back to all the magical moments that Walt Disney has given us, how true or magical is Snow White and Cinderella; what about the Wizard of Oz. Somebody didn't care if a witch originally owned the ruby slippers, last I heard they yielded a mighty high price on the collectors market.
Geepers guys, we all have experienced "special" moments in our lives whether we talk about them or not. The point is, that just because a movie has a kid riding on a broom - a "Nimbus 2000" to be exact, (unless he traded for a 2004 model) - that doesn't make it a bad movie for kids. The only thing it does is expose those grown-ups who have lost their insight to what the inner child's light holds. We each have this in case you didn't realize it. This is the part of us that chooses to exist without condemnation. To know that life is just that. A place of reality yet a time to be the child within our selves. That doesn't make it "magic" but it gives an individual a feeling of enchantment and marvel. That makes it a phenomenon, a thrill, a miracle. It says so in the thesaurus unless Webster didn't know what he was talking about, and I am much sure he did.
So if you have a problem with riding brooms and Harry Potter, remember the