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You Don't Escape to Narnia

June 17th, 2024 | 23 min read

By John Ehrett

Read another book! The slogan is biting, caustic. And in a vacuum, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s a potshot at fundamentalists. But in the meme-thick atmosphere of the internet age, it refers to something very specific: those millennials, many now sporting receding hairlines or crows’ feet around the eyes, who cannot help but refract the world through the lens of Harry Potter.[1] Every authoritarian is Lord Voldemort; every bureaucrat is Dolores Umbridge; every protest movement is Dumbledore’s Army.

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John Ehrett

John Ehrett is a Commonwealth Fellow, and an attorney and writer in Washington D.C. His work has appeared in American Affairs, The New Atlantis, and the Claremont Review of Books. He is a graduate of Patrick Henry College, the Institute of Lutheran Theology, and Yale Law School.