Anyone who has observed modern political discourse in liberal circles will have noticed an overt obsession with a particular series of books: namely, the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. As noted by Teen Vogue, the most recent astroturf mob—the so-called "March for Our Lives" against gun ownership—was a sea of Harry Potter-themed protest signs, mostly citing that the fictional children of the story, calling themselves "Dumbledore's Army," were able to defeat the villain. The implication being that these children (and adults who never grew up) at the protest will likewise defeat their political enemies, who happen to be law-abiding American citizens who oppose having their rights violated by a bunch of Marxists working to subvert the Constitution.

Signs carried messages such as "If Hogwarts students can defeat the Death Eaters, the U.S. students can defeat the NRA" and "Hey, NRA, teenagers took down Voldemort, they'll take you down too." #DumbledoresArmy and #HarryPotter are being used on Twitter right along with #MarchForOurLives. This is troubling insofar as this represents them dehumanizing fellow Americans as intrinsically and two-dimensionally "evil," but, beyond that, this shows us that liberals have shockingly poor reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. The fictional universe that provides the lens through which they process the real world around them would actually have them agreeing with the villains, not the supposed heroes, albeit for different reasons.

Indeed, the story of Harry Potter is about dark forces working within the shadows to undermine the status quo of society from within the corridors of power. The teachers and students of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are forced to fight back to not only defeat the main villain once and for all but to save the world as they know it. They are only able to do this because every teacher and student is armed with a wand that allows them to cast all manner of magical spells against their enemies. In point of fact, Defence Against the Dark Arts is a standard class at the school, and it involves the students being taught both offensive and defensive spells including forbidden curses. Over the course of the series, there are a number of teachers for the class including villains in hiding.

It is one such villain, Dolores Umbridge, who removes the practical elements of the course to, in effect, disarm the students by preventing them from properly learning the necessary spells. This is why Harry Potter and his friends form "Dumbledore's Army," a group of students who meet in secret to practice offensive and defensive spells despite being forbidden to do so. Thus, when Orwellian powers sought to disarm them so as to leave them defenseless, they took their weapons of choice—their wands—and went underground. Again, they had the knowledge necessary to harm or even kill their enemies, and they practiced diligently to perfect the use of their wands should the time come when they were needed.

When the existence of "Dumbledore's Army" was discovered by the Ministry of Magic, the group's namesake, Albus Dumbledore, took the blame to protect the rebellious students. In turn, the government came to arrest him, and he responded in an interesting fashion, as seen below, before using magic to escape and going underground himself. None of the heroes in the story submitted to the governing authorities that sought to contain and disarm them. At every turn, they worked to retain their wands and to learn how to use them for the good of themselves but also to defend a way of life they saw in jeopardy.

Now, let's carry the story to its logical conclusion if the fictional "Dumbledore's Army" did as the real-world equivalent is demanding. When confronted with evil wizards, whether students or adults, the solution obviously would not be to send students to Defence Against the Dark Arts, or to even allow the teachers to carry their wands around school. Instead, Harry and his friends would have demanded the implementation of "common sense wand control" such as raising the age to acquire a wand to 21, making people submit to Ministry of Magic background checks, and limiting the power of wands in civilian hands. After all, if you cannot trust the Ministry of Magic, who can you trust? Naturally, if Albus Dumbledore refused to submit, Harry would have personally denounced him as being a crazy member of the National Wand Association, which is obviously evil for thinking the solution to bad guys with wands is good guys with wands.

It should be clear by now that the Harry Potter series would have been over quickly and in disappointing fashion if "Dumbledore's Army" had behaved like #DumbledoresArmy. Everyone but the villains would have been disarmed, and the so-called Battle of Hogwarts would have only involved Voldemort and his minions marching into the school with firm control over the Ministry of Magic. The teachers would have been powerless to stop it from happening since they would have already been added, without due process, to the Ministry's Terrorist Watch List so that they could not possess a wand, albeit having one on school property would have been illegal anyway as it would be a "wand free zone."

The Left is fond of saying that we should listen to the children because they are so smart and forward thinking. They are the future, and they apparently know better than anyone and everyone who would ever doubt their liberal line of thinking. Of course, why should society listen to a bunch of children (and adults who never grew up) who are so obsessed with a series of children's books yet fail so profoundly to comprehend what they read? They call themselves #DumbledoresArmy while advocating for policies that would have seen Voldemort triumphant, standing over the mangled corpses of Harry and his friends. They see themselves as the heroes while espousing what would only help the villains. Remember this every time you see David "Parseltongue" Hogg or Emma "Serpent of Slytherin" Gonzalez on CNN saying that only the Ministry of Magic needs wands.