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Book Rumor: Bush administration denied J.K. Rowling medal because Harry Potter books "encouraged witchcraft"

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Melissa
September 24, 2009, 02:25 PM

The new book SPEECH-LESS: Tales of a White House Survivor, a behind-the-scenes account of life in the George W. Bush presidential administration (published by Crown Books), has an interesting nugget for Harry Potter fans, as a reader has pointed out: according to the book's author, Matthew Latimer, J.K. Rowling's name was once in consideration for a presidential medal but was rescinded because the books "encouraged witchcraft." The relevant text is on page 201 of the book and reads:


[President Bush's chief speechwriter] Marc [Thiessen] liked to encourage a broad range of opinions from others, so long as theirs agreed with his. When Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I suggested that the president might at least consider awarding Kennedy the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Marc objected with the genteel diplomacy he was known for. 'That's crazy!' he thundered. ...This was the same sort of narrow thinking that led people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft.

George W. Bush served as president of the United States from January 2001 to January 2009. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." It is not always given to an American: during the Bush administration, presidential medal recipients included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

During the Bush administration, the president and his wife, First Lady Laura Bush, were very vocal about their like for the Harry Potter books; Laura Bush called them her "favorite": "It was like finding a great mystery writer and having that whole body of work to read at once. I really loved them," she said.

You can purchase the book here.


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186 Comments

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134 Points

in the Harry Potter world, they don’t practice witchcraft or encourage it, they are witches/ wizards. It’s a part of their daily lives

Posted by expelliarmus9 on November 29, 2009, 09:47 AM report to moderator
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i have a eeling that george bush`s iq isnt that high

Posted by anya7890 on December 06, 2009, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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LOL WUT?
I’ve read Harry Potter for three times and NEVER have attempted witchcraft.
Seriously.. people should understand that there’s more to magic in the book. It’s FANTASY. AND I LOVE THE BOOKS.
Harry Potter series explains about love and friendship as well. We have yet to find one who tried to get out a magic one and zap someone for real.
Witchcraft my back foot. :(

Posted by jen.cao3 on December 09, 2009, 04:11 AM report to moderator
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12348 Points

I mean like GOSH!!!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on December 30, 2009, 01:37 AM report to moderator
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Like so many other rumors, this is probably absolute fiction.

www@dvdmsn@com

Posted by lasjflkjsggd on January 05, 2010, 02:25 PM report to moderator
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Don’t blame Bush! It was Marc [Thiessen]… GWB LIKED the books!

Posted by KimeraStorm on January 09, 2010, 04:07 PM report to moderator
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44 Points

This amused me :)

Posted by InfiniteBoggarts on January 12, 2010, 01:48 AM report to moderator
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12348 Points

Oh ho, he’s making everyone hate him now! How could he do something like that? Talk about absurd and stupidity, I can’t believe people voted for a Harry Potter hater!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on March 02, 2010, 12:27 AM report to moderator
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81 Points

This is might be fake. You can’t trust everything you see. Besides, there are some very Christian themes in it.

Posted by Phoenix Fire101 on March 14, 2010, 08:04 PM report to moderator
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81 Points

And for all of you insulting him: Just stop it. It doesn’t matter. He is no longer president. Everyone has opinions. And it’s pretty scary that you know how intelligiant he is. O_o

Posted by Phoenix Fire101 on March 14, 2010, 08:05 PM report to moderator
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13647 Points

HHAT THE BLOODY HELLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by hp's dead account on April 10, 2010, 11:21 AM report to moderator
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So what “IF” (Not saying they do, I am a huge HP fan :P) they did promote witchcraft?! Isn’t the U.S.A supposed to be a free country?!

Posted by Owner of Next Gen Group (FilmGirl27) on June 21, 2010, 08:15 PM report to moderator
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So what “IF” (Not saying they do, I am a huge HP fan :P) they did promote witchcraft?! Isn’t the U.S.A supposed to be a free country?!

Posted by Owner of Next Gen Group (FilmGirl27) on June 21, 2010, 08:16 PM report to moderator
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3526 Points

I hate the people who believe these book inspire witchcraft!!! They’re completely daft, and have clearly never attempted to read the books!! Just seen the spells in the movies. They probably don’t even know the difference between charms and unforgivables.

Posted by DesQueJteVois on June 25, 2010, 03:22 PM report to moderator
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I hate the people who believe these book inspire witchcraft!!! They’re completely daft, and have clearly never attempted to read the books!! Just seen the spells in the movies. They probably don’t even know the difference between charms and unforgivables.

Posted by DesQueJteVois on June 25, 2010, 03:22 PM report to moderator
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