Your MOM is Delores Umbridge: Abuse of Power in the Wizarding World Travis Prinzi The Ministry of Magic can't seem to get anything right. They torture children. They team up with pure evil in order to keep themselves safe. They deny Voldemort is back, and when they realize they were wrong, they start arresting innocent people to make it look like they're doing something. This completely inept bureaucracy is great at regulating cauldron bottoms, but awful at stopping real evil. This presentation looks at J.K. Rowling's political satire, including her humorous but critical looks at abuse of power by the Ministry of Magic, its takeover of Hogwarts both in the 5th and 7th books, its unjust practices in the war against Voldemort, and several of the key political figures, including Delores Umbridge, Cornelius Fudge, and Rufus Scrimgeour. We'll set those in contrast with the courageous work of Harry Potter to bring down the threat of Voldemort and put the Wizarding World on a path toward real freedom and justice.
Travis Prinzi is a popular author and speaker on the intersection of fantasy and politics, myth and culture in Joanne Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. Prinzi, author of Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds, appears on The Leaky Cauldron’s PotterCast as a “Potter Pundit.” He has been a featured speaker and led panel discussions at five Harry Potter conferences and has lectured on everything from Harry Potter to religion to education to hit TV shows like The Office at university campuses and libraries in the United States and Canada. He collects and edits the best in Harry Potter scholarship each year for Zossima Press, Hog’s Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, the first volume of which was published in July 2009. PubCasts from The Hog’s Head feature Travis’ reflections on everything ‘Harry Potter’ as well as discussions with the best and brightest of Fandom. Travis holds graduate degrees in education and theology from the University of Rochester and Northeastern Seminary. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Tricia, daughter Sophia, and their dog, Moses.