“Harry Potter has become a surprisingly obsessive allegorical tool for liberals’ opposition to the Trump Administration [ . . .] I’ll disobey Occam’s Razor and offer another mostly unrelated hypothesis about why Harry Potter stories are such useful allegorical material for contemporary liberals, aside from a general hunger for myth and meaning in a post-religious age.
“Harry Potter, especially the movies, is about the legitimacy of authority that comes from schools.”
This yearning for authority occasionally manifests itself in some apostates. One of the top five things that Kate Kelly, Esq. wanted you to know is that she is a lawyer, though I don’t think she has ever been a member of any state bar association. Dr. John Dehlin seems a bit obsessed by PhDs, his own and any held by those he interviews.
That yearning can be heard when some invoke science. I don’t get a sense when most nonbelievers invoke it that they have much of a personal feeling for science; it seems to just be an alternate authority to turn to in the absence of God, revealed to them by prophet-substitutes like Richard Dawkins or Bill Nye. Immersion in the workings of science sometimes leaves me with a feeling of despair at ever being able to nail anything down. There is a lot of faith that goes into sticking with a scientific process long enough and comb through all the errors in method and design to arrive at a point that an experiment or theory isn’t producing nonsense.
Returning to the Harry Potter link, appeals to the movies and books may stem from a yearning for authority transferred into a love of the academy, but like Star Wars decades before it, Harry Potter is an extended body of fairly widely known work, and so lends itself easily to modern metaphor.