You could not make it up — Lies, Damn Lies and the Daily Prophet: a Look at Journalism and Ethics in Harry Potter was one of the lectures at a conference in Las Vegas. Carole Cadwalladr wrote about a JK Rowling fest in yesterday’s Observer. Her article includes this gem:
Everybody conscientiously troops in and out of the lecture rooms regardless of the fact that some of it is, quite frankly, rubbish. There’s something slightly unseemly about watching a whole load of academics leaping on a bandwagon. I make a point of going to ‘Lies, Damn Lies and the Daily Prophet: A Look at Journalism and Ethics in Harry Potter’ since although most people swoon when they hear my adorable accent, one female Harry Potter refuses to answer my questions on the grounds that ‘the British press lack ethics and principles’.
Hmm, I think, and march into the seminar ready to do battle. But from what I can figure out, and I don’t think I was missing anything major, the main point is a comparison between Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, and Joseph Stalin.
There is nothing else about journalism but it is enough to give me an excuse to recommend a piece of good writing which introduces a surprising sub-genre of wizard fiction.