“Look at page two.”
Hermione turned the pages with much the same expression of distaste she had worn when handling Secrets of the Darkest Art.
“‘Muggle-born Register,'” she read aloud. “‘The Ministry of Magic is undertaking a survey of so-called “Muggle-borns,” the better to understand how they came to possess magical secrets.
“Recent research undertaken by the Department of Mysteries reveals that magic can only be passed from person to person when Wizards reproduce. Where no proven Wizarding ancestry exists, therefore, the so-called Muggle-born is likely to have obtained magical power by theft or force.
“The Ministry is determined to root out such usurpers of magical power, and to this end has issued an invitation to every so-called Muggle-born to present themselves for interview by the newly appointed Muggle-born Registration Commission.'”
“People won’t let this happen,” said Ron.
“It is happening, Ron,” said Lupin. “Muggle-borns are being rounded up as we speak.
“But how are they supposed to have ‘stolen’ magic?” said Ron. “It’s mental, if you could steal magic there wouldn’t be any Squibs, would there?”
“I know,” said Lupin. “Nevertheless, unless you can prove that you have at least one close Wizarding relative, you are now deemed to have obtained your magical power illegally and must suffer the punishment.”
I randomly opened HP7 to this page. At the end of this passage I paused to complete the parallel forming in my mind.
Are you reading this? Anyone who has read the HP books can follow the logic behind Ron’s statement; “It’s mental.” It is. Period. It’s ridiculous, right? It’s plain stupid, right? It shows a bunch of intelligent people — you can’t deny that Voldemort and quite a few of his Mangiamorte (sorry. I finally got my Harry Potter e i Doni della Morte back) are very very intelligent indeed — employing deceptive language to mask their conscious illogicality so that they can take over the world, right? via population control, which is what this Muggle-born Registration thingy is, right? Muggle-borns — as well as the innocent never-having-had-anything-to-do-with-magic Muggles — basically have no voice, and no choice. They’re targeted purely because of their blood status — something they have no control over.
Ron and Lupin, as they appear in this passage, represent the thinking society. Oughtn’t society be smart enough to realize what’s actually going on; oughtn’t they have the sense to take the necessary steps to reverse/prevent this very obvious evil that is Muggle-born Registration? Isn’t the perverseness of being labeled by “blood status” so terribly blatant; so much so that it doesn’t even merit considering as possibly morally and ethically acceptable?
A big, well DUH?
So then, does that happen to sound terribly familiar to anyone out there, or am I just weird?