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What is the relevance between Harry Potter and the (Indonesian) Civil Code?

April 19, 2010

Watch this YouTube video below and tell me what this is all about. How can the 14-year-old Harry Potter participate in the deadly championship, the Triwizard Tournament?

The other two magical institutions, Beauxbatons Academy, and Durmstrang Institute, arrive at Hogwarts two months into the school term. When the Hogwarts Headmaster, Professor Albus Dumbledore, announces during the welcoming feast that the school will host the Triwizard Tournament, an inter-school competition, where one student from each of the three magical schools will be chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete, the champions chosen by the goblet were: Fleur Delacour from Beauxbatons, Viktor Krum of Durmstrang, and Cedric Diggory of Hogwarts. Mysteriously, Harry is also chosen, even though he did not submit his name, and is underage and ought to have been magically blocked from doing so. But is the will of the Goblet of Fire, whose power is not even for Albus Dumbledore to handle, to choose Harry.

Compare the above plot with Article 419 et seq of the Indonesian Civil Code. Article 419 of the Civil Code reads as follows:

Door handligting kan de minderjarigen meerderjarig worden verklaard, of kunnen aan hem bepaalde regten van meerderjarigheid worden toegekend.

Article 419 of the Indonesian Civil Code translates into English as follows:

By means of emancipation, a minor can be declared as having come to age or upon him certain rights of adults can be conferred.

So, Harry Potter has been magically given by the Goblet of Fire certain rights that can only be exercised by adults in order for him to participate in the Triwizard Tournament.


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