Popular Culture: Harry Potter: December 2002 Archives

December 31, 2002

No case against Harry Potter

The Russian Prosecutor's Office has announced that it will not be pursuing a case against the publisher of the Harry Potter books.

The city Prosecutor's Office has looked into a complaint filed by the chairman of the Tarussa office of the International Foundation of Slavic Writing. The foundation maintained that the book entitled "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by Joanne Kathleen Rowling instilled religious extremism and prompted students to join religious organizations of Satanist followers. The probe revealed that there were no grounds for a criminal case, the Prosecutor's Office said.

Prosecutor's Office refuses to launch case against Harry Potter publishers - Interfax, 31st December 2002.

December 24, 2002

Harry Potter promotes religious hatred.

The Russian Orthodox Church already has loads of legislation shoring it up but still it feels threatened. The Moscow city prosecutor's office has been forced to waste his time dealing with a claim that the Harry Potter books break a law against religious hatred.

Aigistov confirmed a report in Moskovsky Komsomolets that Alexandrov is studying whether the books violate Article 282 of the Criminal Code, which deals with instigation of ethnic, racial or religious enmity. Violators, if convicted, face up to five years in prison.
Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Monday that Alexandrov opened the inquiry on Dec. 16 after his office received a complaint from a woman in the Moscow region town of Tarusa. In her complaint, the unidentified woman said Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second book in the series, promotes witchcraft and discredits the Orthodox faith. Prosecutors were unavailable for comment Monday.

Or maybe it's an excuse. A prosecutor's office official has requested copies of all the books to read. One Orthodox minister has already done so:

Is it a textbook on magic? Deacon Alexander Kurayev said in an undated 16-page critique of the Harry Potter series posted on his personal web site. No, he said, it's a fairy tale.

Prosecutors Consider Opening An Investigation of Harry Potter - Moscow Times, 24th December 2002.

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