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Is writing bad poetry a terrorist act?

Shirley Dent says it isn’t. And Harry Potter gets worked into the discussion. From the Guardian books blog, again (“Terrible poet, laughable terrorist“):

In his recent book, An Invitation to Terror, Professor Frank Furedi likened official responses to terrorism to that of the school kids in Harry Potter: the terrorist threat is a “Voldermort-like figure that cannot or must not be named”, and instead of identifying and giving the threat “a clear name, they prefer to castigate evil extremists and radicals who apparently hate freedom”. Bang to rights on this script in the Malik trial. The prosecution, the defence and the judge all unwittingly conspired to give Malik’s warblings about martyrdom and beheadings far, far more credence than they were due.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.