Dear Ms. Parker-Pope,
While browsing nytimes.com I came across your article “Harry Potter and the Pint of Liquid Courage”, and with such an interesting title I couldn’t help but read. However, instead of feeling like I learned something, I found myself once again laughing at the ignorance and utter lack of cultural exposure in Americans.
In your description of the new HP movie, it seems like the whole thing takes place in a bar, with Hogwarts students running wild like it’s spring break in Cancun. You wrote, “In scene after scene, the young wizards and their adult professors are seen sipping, gulping and pouring various forms of alcohol to calm their nerves, fortify their courage or comfort their sorrows.” What you failed to emphasize was that out of the two hours and fifty-five minutes of the movie, there was probably a total of five minutes of footage displaying alcohol, and the only people who were visibly drunk were adults, and legally allowed to get as drunk as they wanted to.
Don’t get me wrong- we don’t want to encourage little kids to do body shots and beer bongs- but you have made a mountain out of a mole hill. The scenes you have described are grossly exaggerated, and in pointing them out you have made them much more important to the plot than, well, the actual plot.
Let’s take a look at what you have a problem with, and why my intelligence and nerd knowledge proves you wrong.