– Neville Longbottom and Harry as kids with PTSD?

It is interesting to see how different cultures hide the mistreatment of kids.  The Brits seem to be a bit more up front about it, but also more harsh than say, Turks, who adore children.

I am being lazy and re-reading HP2 to work on my Turkish reading, instead of continuing to slog through something by Orhan Pamuk, because I am just too tired (and I am starting to hit words like bequeath while watching my favorite family TV show of all time: My Magical Mother! (Sihirli Annem!) so it really is time to get back to some reading to keep up my Turkish.

But back to Nevile -I identified with him immediately: I was the one walking into walls in Middle School, forgetting everything, and being told to come down out of the clouds.  Now I know (and we see in later books with Neville) that these are symptoms of childhood PTSD, which presents differently than with adults.

So please, for the love of God, Humanity, Children and the Human Race, or at least for the love of the planet and the potential creativity of the human race, please look out for such signs in kids and try to understand and help them rather than yelling at them.  Don’t let them turn into Invisible Children, or worse.


In Solidarity with All Kind People,
Peace via Cooperation and Non-Cooperation,

5th of December, 12015  HE


6 thoughts on “– Neville Longbottom and Harry as kids with PTSD?

  1. There are probably far more cases of child abuse and neglect than government numbers will ever show. There are also cultural differences in what is popularly (and legally) defined as abuse. These things change with time. It was only recently that France identified child molestation as severe a crime as it is in the US and adopted similar practices to determine whether or not the abuse happened (although these methods do not always result in truthful reporting, but that is a whole other conversation)…

    If we look at the history of child abuse in the UK and Turkey, I would assume that the British have been working on this issue at least since child labor reforms if not sooner. I would also venture to guess that corporal punishment is acceptable in Turkey even though it may be something, as outsiders to the inner culture, we might not have seen. In some parts of Turkey it is still acceptable to use children for labor, which could definitely lead to what Americans and Brits would both popularly and legally define as abuse.

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    1. Actually, what I saw in Istanbul and Izmir was that parents never hit their kids (and I hung out with mostly poor families). The Brits that I knew were far harsher. Much like the American families I knew (and grew up in).
      You are right, though, as is the author of Invisible Children, that the reporting is far far below the actual levels of abuse.


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