Reflections

Witches and wizards and Sunday school

I wasn’t allowed to get into the Harry Potter brand when I was young, although I did read The Philosophers Stone (it was given to me to read over the summer). It’s heavy on the wizardry and the saints don’t play with that.

On the other hand, I never missed an episode of That’s So Raven and definetly watched the Twitches movies. If you lived under a rock in the noughties, the former is about a teen psychic and the latter about twin sisters who find out they’re witches destined to save the world. I reconciled it’s due to the shows having Black leads and when I asked that was pretty much the reason.

It occurred to me that technically fairytales (and I’m a Disney STAN) should probably be held to the same standard, right? They’re all about witches, wizards, casting spells and Hercules is based on Greek mythology! So what’s the difference? Many of the households where Harry Potter was forbidden weren’t blocked from Sleeping Beauty. Again, is there really a difference?

As for Halloween, I understand discouraging the devil (if you believe in him) as fancy dress. And I certainly do not see the joy in pretending to be a murderer or other sinister character. However, a child’s party where they carve pumpkins and listen to scary stories with the fright level of a Mona the Vampire episode… is it that deep? And if we circle back to the magical entertainment content, where does that line get drawn?

Reflections

Toxic Tragedy

I finally watched Baby Boy the other day. Classic Hood movie? Yes, however tragedy more fits its description. The focal point of tragedy being the lack of hope, or the vanity of it .

Yvette continued to hold a torch for Jody although he cheated, lied, talked to her crazy and even had a baby on her. I wanted to reach through my phone and shake her till she realised she was the most powerful character there. She gave strength to his feeble clutch and fed his ‘power’ with her lack of self esteem.

The lack of hope must be a factor for a lot of realities. If you barely feel that goodness can come through for you, anything is permissable. I’m not sure if there’s a complete tangible way to help someone, encouragment of course is key. However, as corny as it sounds, it must start from believing for own self.