Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Harry Potter and the Controversy in Africa

20/02/2024

Harry Potter and the Controversy in AfricaHarry Potter is one of the world's most popular books. But where is Africa's version of Hogwarts, and why does this mean criticism in Africa?

by Francois Jansen

20-02-2024 21:29

in Culture

Daniel Radcliffe. Image via Twitter @ScreenRant

Harry Potter is one of the world's most popular books.

--

The series captivated millions of readers, starting with the Philosopher's Stone in 1997. JK Rowling is one of the world's richest authors thanks to its success.

Unfortunately, the series is also controversial at times.

A Wizarding World addition brought Harry Potter and the Controversy in Africa.

--

Here's how the series writer drew criticism for creating Africa's Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Controversy in Africa Hogwarts is the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, according to the series.

Readers might know that it's not the only one, joining schools like Beauxbeatons located across the world.

--

What about Africa's Wizarding School?

The Wizarding World answers this question.

Uagadou, found in Uganda.

There are also other African schools, according to the Wizarding World. Why is this bad? Uganda links to many superstitions about witches, and often real-life witch hunts.

Harry Potter: Uagadou Wizarding School Uganda might have seemed a good place for Africa's Wizarding School.

Unfortunately, this is also a place where superstition about witches are very real. Considered part of everyday life, many innocent people have been accused of witchcraft - and harmed or killed.

JK Rowling drew reader critique for putting Uagadou Wizarding School in Uganda.

ALSO READ: Witchcraft in South Africa: Is gogo bewitched or ill?

Many readers feel that she simply shouldn't have done it.

JK Rowling and other controversies Rowling has also drawn previous criticism for her comments about trans-women.

Harry Potter has also been under the spotlight for promoting witchcraft', according to some religious groups who are against it.

Has she gone too far?

Tell us your thoughts Tell us your thoughts. Should Africa's Wizarding School be anywhere else? Let us know what you think with an email to info@thesouthafrican.com.

READ MORE ARTICLES BY FRANCOIS JANSEN (ALEX J COYNE)

Support Women in Journalism in 2024 - Support us to fund independent women journalism
LINK: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/culture/harry-potter-and-the-controver...
See more stories from thesouthafrican

Most recent headlines

04/08/2024

Dalet Appoints Santiago Solanas as CEO to Lead Next Era of Growth and Innovation

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, is excited to announce Santiago Solanas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)....

03/06/2024

Dalet and Veritone Reach Agreement to Distribute, Transact and Monetize Media Archives

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, a...

29/05/2024

SWR moves to software playout with integrated Pixel Power solution from Rohde & Schwarz

SWR moves to software playout with integrated Pixel Power solution from Rohde & ...

28/05/2024

AI and Disinformation in Taiwan's 2024 Election

This is a summary of the report commissioned by Thomson on AI Disinformation Attacks during Taiwans 2024 Presidential Elections, written by Professor Chen-ling ...

28/05/2024

In A Violent Nature: Festivalgoers Look Through the Eyes of a Murderer

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 22: Chris Nash attends the 2024 Sundance Film Festival In A Violent Nature premiere at the Library Center Theatre on January 22, 202...

28/05/2024

Aerojet Rocketdyne Expanding Huntsville Operations to Increase Solid Rocket Motor Deliveries

Aerojet Rocketdyne's Advanced Manufacturing Facility opened in 2019. The com...

28/05/2024

France Tlvisions Upgrades to Grass Valley Kaleido-IP Video Multiviewer to Support its Upcoming SMPTE-2110 Live UHD/3G Broadcast Transition

MONTREAL, CANADA -May 28, 2024 - Grass Valley , the leading innovator for live p...

28/05/2024

How Will Venu Sports Impact Pay-TV Subscriptions?

NEW ROCHELLE, NY Venu Sports, the new sports streaming bundle from Disney, Fox and WBD expected to launch later this year, could attract more than 4 in 10 sport...

28/05/2024

Tucson TV Stations Launch NextGen TV Service

TUSCON Six stations have launched NextGen TV, aka ATSC 3.0 broadcasts in the Tucson, Ariz., area....

28/05/2024

WSC Sports Unveils Trio Of AI-Driven Content Solutions

TEL AVIV, Israel WSC Sports has introduced three additions to its product portfolio for sports ecosystem companies that address content management, creation and...

28/05/2024

Pixotope Enables Remote Intercontinental Camera Tracking for NEP the Netherlands

Pixotope Enables Remote Intercontinental Camera Tracking for NEP the Netherlands Brie Clayton May 28, 2024 0 Comments Remote markerless through-the-le...

28/05/2024

Picture Shop's Mark Kueper Grades Billy the Kid With DaVinci Resolve Studio

Picture Shop's Mark Kueper Grades Billy the Kid With DaVinci Resolve Studio Brie Clayton May 28, 2024 0 Comments Blackmagic Design today announced...

28/05/2024

Profoto enters the cinema market with L1600D

Profoto enters the cinema market with L1600D Brie Clayton May 28, 2024 0 Comments Profoto enters the cinema market with uncompromising speed of use an...

28/05/2024

After Effects cameras and Unreal Engine

After Effects cameras and Unreal Engine Graham Quince May 28, 2024 0 Comments Welcome to my series on learning Unreal Engine for video production, esp...

28/05/2024

Apple Motion: Understanding Fixed Resolution

Apple Motion: Understanding Fixed Resolution Simon Ubsdell May 28, 2024 0 Comments An overview of this tricky but important topic which can hit you wi...

28/05/2024

OBS Taps Alibaba Cloud for AI-Enhanced MultiCamera Replays at Paris 2024

LONDON Olympic Broadcasting Services recently tested AI-enhanced multcamera replay tech from Alibaba Cloud at the Olympic Qualifier Series in Shanghai in prepar...

28/05/2024

Dune Part 2 and Avatar colourists to take part in DaVinci Resolve Live Tour

The events are for filmmakers, editors, colourists, and visual effects artists, whether theyre beginners and experienced users By Jenny Priestley Published: ...

28/05/2024

Meet the head of sound

1185 Films Mark Hodgkin explains his journey from studying classic guitar and piano to working on the sound of TV adverts, films and documentaries By TVBEurope...

28/05/2024

Alfalite presents its LED displays at InfoComm 2024

Alfalite, the European LED display manufacturer, returns for the second consecutive year to InfoComm with its LED displays for the rental, fixed installation an...

28/05/2024

Leader Electronics Corporation Appoints AV Group Technolo...

Leader Electronics Corporation, globally active innovator of broadcast-quality test and measurement instrumentation, announces the appointment of Sydney-based A...

28/05/2024

Advanced 3D qualifier in DaVinci Resolve

Advanced 3D qualifier in DaVinci Resolve Kasia Jarco May 27, 2024 0 Comments In today's advanced tutorial, I want to show you how and why to use 3...

28/05/2024

Deadline Approaching for 2024 Emerging Leaders Intern Program

Applications for CBC & Leadership Triangle Due May 31 Only a few days remain for HBCU students in the Triangle to apply for the 2024 Emerging Leadership Intern...

28/05/2024

VEON Progresses with Asset-Light Strategy, Reaches Agreement to Sell Stake in TNS+ in Kazakhstan

28 May 2024 VEON Progresses with Asset-Light Strategy, Reaches Agreement to Sel...

28/05/2024

Analytics and Powering Next-Generation Consumption Experiences: A Conversation With ESPN's Allison Loucks

Analytics and Powering Next-Generation Consumption Experiences: A Conversation W...

28/05/2024

Live From London: Buzz 16 Tackles Production Duties for TNT Sports' EPCR Finals Host Coverage

Live from London: Buzz 16 tackles production duties for TNT Sports' EPCR fin...

28/05/2024

Live From London: EPCR Takes Over Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for European Rugby Finals Weekend

Live from London: EPCR takes over Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for European rugby f...

28/05/2024

Advance Step: Gen AI, Data and Coud on the Radar for British Basketball League as Production Transformation Continues

Advance step: Gen AI, data and cloud on the radar for British Basketball League ...

28/05/2024

AWS's Andrew Reich on Recent Developments in the Cloud, Helping Sports Clients Adjust to Industry-Wide Changes

AWS's Andrew Reich on Recent Developments in the Cloud, Helping Sports Clien...

28/05/2024

Riedel Bolero Empowers Student Production Excellence at Orange County School of the Arts

Wuppertal May 28, 2024 Riedel Bolero Empowers Student Production Excellence at...

28/05/2024

Bridgerton' Continues Its Reign; Atlas' Debuts at #1

Back to All News Bridgerton' Continues Its Reign; Atlas' Debuts at #1 Entertainment 28 May 2024 Global Link copied to clipboard Dearest Gentle R...

28/05/2024

Micro LED Panels and AlfaArt Combine the Best Digital Art with the Latest LED Display Technology in Easy-to-Use Solution

FOR-A Highlights Turnkey LED Video Wall System from Strategic Partner Alfalite a...

28/05/2024

2024-05-28

The Apple Hearing Study is sharing new insights on tinnitus in one of the largest surveys to date....

28/05/2024

Apantac Best of Show 2024 at NAB

Apantac Best of Show 2024 at NABApantac Best of Show 2024 at NAB Beaverton, Oregon, USA - May 22, 2024, - We are pleased to announce that our product OG-HDR-UDX...

28/05/2024

Thales' FlytEDGE digitally remasters the inflight entertainment experience

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Live personalization for a journey filled with unique experiences Instantly stream favorites and never miss a beat, continue wa...

28/05/2024

AI-backbone for FCAS operational

AI-backbone for FCAS operational The HIS consortium and partners provide BAAINBw and industry with a cross-sectional AI development platform for FCAS (AI-back...

27/05/2024

Experience inspiration. Master challenges. With SIGRAFLEX and SIGRAFINE at ACHEMA 2024

It will soon be that time again: ACHEMA, the worlds most important trade show fo...

27/05/2024

How L3Harris Evolved into Canada's Trusted Tanker Aircraft In-Service Support Provider

L3Harris has been maintaining Canada's CC-150 Polaris fleet for over a decad...

27/05/2024

Tech Lifestyle Influencer Shelby Church Uses Blackmagic Cloud Storage with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Tech Lifestyle Influencer Shelby Church Uses Blackmagic Cloud Storage with DaVin...

27/05/2024

Bridge Technologies Introduce StreamOverview to the VB330

Bridge Technologies Introduce StreamOverview to the VB330 Brie Clayton May 27, 2024 0 Comments Single page diagnostics overview gives first-line engin...

27/05/2024

Intelligent Video Effects from Film Impact

Intelligent Video Effects from Film Impact Colin Smith May 27, 2024 0 Comments Take an incredible trip though the many unbelievable transitions from F...

27/05/2024

Midwest Regional Broadcasters Clinic Announces Agenda

The Midwest Regional Broadcasters Clinic (MRBC) announced its agenda for the clinic being held Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Middleton, Wis....

27/05/2024

NVIDIA Scoops Up Wins at COMPUTEX Best Choice Awards

Building on more than a dozen years of stacking wins at the COMPUTEX trade show's annual Best Choice Awards, NVIDIA was today honored with BCAs for its late...

27/05/2024

Live From NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship: ESPN Travels Down I-95 to Familiar Lincoln Financial Field

Live From NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship: ESPN Travels Down I-95 ...

27/05/2024

Rohde & Schwarz presents its solutions for next generation wide bandgap device test and debug at PCIM Europe

Rohde & Schwarz presents its solutions for next generation wide bandgap device t...

27/05/2024

Hierarchy' Trailer Teases a Dark Scandal and Social Upheaval at Jooshin High School

Back to All News Hierarchy' Trailer Teases a Dark Scandal and Social Uphea...

27/05/2024

SKY Perfect JSAT selects Thales Alenia Space to build a new cutting-edge software-defined satellite JSAT-31

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tokyo / Cannes, May 27th 2024 - Asia's large...

26/05/2024

Vizrt to showcase state-of-the-art proAV solutions at Inf...

Vizrt, the leader in real-time graphics and live production solutions for content creators, will be present at InfoComm for the first time since unifying with N...

26/05/2024

Alfredo Valdes Named Noticiero Telemundo Arizona' Meteorologist

Alfredo Valdes has been named meteorologist for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona weekday morning newscasts, which run on KTAZ Phoenix and KHRR Tucson. Both stations ...

26/05/2024

Paramount, Charter Reach Carriage Deal That Includes Linear Networks, TV Stations and Streaming Services

Paramount Global and Charter Communications said they reached a new carriage agr...

26/05/2024

Daytime Emmys To Again Be Hosted by ET's Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner

Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are returning to host the 51st annual Daytime Emmys, CBS and the National Academy of Television A...