I wonder if Ms Rowling wanted to show kids they could « do it », they could trust themselves and beat the bad guys, even if their own parents wanted to protect them.
Maybe she wanted to show kids, and remind adults, why adults- and people in general- lie (fear) and what it feels like to be lied to (frustration, rejection). Maybe she wanted to remind us that, unless we face our fears, they take over.
I gather that the impulse to lie to children is widespread. All the plots in Harry Potter depend heavily on it with the ‘good’ adults doing it at least as much as the ‘evil’ ones do. It comes up plenty of other places too. No, fiction is not real life, but the ideas that make sense in fiction do so because they have real life relevance. As a parent I’m familiar enough with the desire to be thought well of by my child. Who wouldn’t want that? There is also the terrible desire to want the world to be a good, fair and lovely place for him, and not to want to have to tell him how awful things can be out there.
It’s normal to lie to children and tell them that everything is going to be fine, even when we’re pretty certain it’s not. (Think about how Umbridge…
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