Can we talk about Western culture and magic– how we brandish our wands like clubs, instruments of blunt force, how we command magic to do our bidding and bind it to words and phrases? How arrogant are we to assume we are the masters of magic, demanding it to bend to our will, refusing to understand it beyond our desire for instant gratification?
We favor DADA and scoff at Divination, because we value individuality above all else and insist we are the sole masters of our fate. We think we re invincible, and look down on goblin magic and house elf magic and the magics of other cultures and peoples that we don’t understand. We look at the magics of Native Americans and tribes in the deep jungles and think of them as primitive and quaint, even while we ourselves remain stagnant. We fall further and further behind the muggle technology around us, obsessed with our traditionalist ways, snubbing anything muggle as weak and useless. And all the while muggles begin to wonder why their advanced scanners show buildings where none should be, and why our children don’t know what mobiles are, and why their CAT scans show dark spots where memories should be.