Since I am not a fan of viewing blood, and the violent actions that causes it; I decided to watch a movie in which the violence is less grotesque. The movie that I chose to watch was “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” I chose this movie because I have recently read that the children’s book series Harry Potter has been rated amongst the most violent books meant for young readers.
If you look at “Harry Potter” through a uses and gratifications perspective, children would most likely watch the first “Harry Potter” for entertainment, but continue to follow the series out of curiosity. Since “Harry Potter” is an ongoing series that is continually publicized by the media; more children want to know what it
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Within the first few minutes, Harry was violently fighting with dobby the house elf, as well as being verbally attacked by his uncle. Within the first half hour of the movie, Harry and Ron were being violently attacked by the “womping willow.” Within one minute there were about fifteen acts of violence against Ron and Harry, and the consequences for those acts were that Ron and Harry got detention, which sets the example that the bully does not get in trouble, rather the person that gets attacked gets in trouble. If I had viewed this scene prior to obtaining a higher level of moral reasoning, I would have gotten the idea that it was okay to beat up other people, and that you do not always get in trouble for it.
Though the physical violence is pretty bad, it is also accompanied by verbal violence. For example, when Malfoy was verbally attacking Heromine, Harry, and Ron, he ran out of things to say, so he turned to physically attacking by casting a spell the caused Ron to cough up slugs. Though most children and people understand that magic is not real, they can generalize that some of the magic things that happen are similar to mean things that everyday people can do. Once again, after