August 8, 2005

BUT THE SORTING HAT PUTS THEM ALL IN SLYTHERIN:

Detainees under Harry Potter's spell (Rowan Scarborough, August 8, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Harry Potter's worldwide popularity is so broad-based that it has become favorite reading for Islamic terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Lori, who for two years has overseen the detention center's library, said J.K. Rowling's tales about the boy wizard are on top of the request list for the camp's 520 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, followed by Agatha Christie whodunits.

"We've got a few who are kind of hooked on it. A couple have asked if they can see the movie," said Lori, a civilian contractor who asked that her last name not be publicized.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2005 7:59 AM
Comments

You can just see some sort of fatwa coming here against Ms. Rowling from some radical cleric for corrupting those nice boys at Gitmo.

Posted by: John at August 8, 2005 8:47 AM

Wait, does this mean that the interrogator who read HP to a detainee wasn't torturing him? It was consensual?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 8, 2005 11:24 AM

Well, maybe we'll get better intelligence if we flush Harry Potter books down the toilet instead.

Posted by: Al Cornpone at August 8, 2005 11:39 AM

Those who believe one kind of mumbo jumbo will pretty much believe all other kinds...

Posted by: M. Murcek at August 8, 2005 2:19 PM

Al:

The Wiccans will bitch.

Posted by: oj at August 8, 2005 2:49 PM

I would like to read this article further, but the Dark Lord Registration keeps throwing hexes at me.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 8, 2005 3:35 PM

Registration is free--doesn't seem like much to ask for something they sell on the street.

Posted by: oj at August 8, 2005 3:42 PM

OJ:

I put in my info, it said registration hadn't worked and please try again, when I did so it told me my email address had already been used. And no, I never received a registration email.

Harry's lucky: He will kill Voldemort eventually. Registration will live forever.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 8, 2005 4:29 PM
« JUST GIVE US OUR CHECKS: | Main | EARNEST, IF NOT DEFT: »