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The End is… Nigh?

With recent events like the assassination of Iranian general Suleiman that brought the world close to the declaration of a new war, and the catastrophic wildfires in Australia or the snow in Saudi Arabia’s desert, a lot of people read this as signs that prophesize the imminent world’s end. But, how far are we to witness the world’s end?

I remember speaking with my late grandmother about the changes she witnessed during the 20th century: Mexican Revolution and Cristeros’ Persecution in México, and First and Second World War (not first hand), she always mentioned that at each conflict, every end of decade or massive change experienced in the world, there was people crossing oneself about the looming end of the world, yet somehow the world continued. “The world ends for those who die,” she used to say, and for her, the notion about the world ending in the turn of the millennium became true, dying in 1999.

Then, should we be worried about these signs?

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The Witcher and The Law of Surprise.

“You will give me that which you already have but do not know. I’ll return to Cintra in six years to see if destiny has been kind to me.” These are the fearsome words of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, before sealing his destiny forever.

The Law of Surprise is an oath evoked recurrently in the fictional world of bestselling book series The Witcher by polish novelist Andrzej Sapkowski, first successfully adapted to a videogame series by polish studio Cd Projekt Red and now, just days away from its debut on Netflix as live-action show by December 20th 2019, starring Henry Cavill as the famous monster slayer. And by the huge buzz surrounding it, it appears to be magical—just like the oath describes—, that The Witcher came to life under the shadow of destiny to surprise the entire world.

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Harry Potter and The Brexit of Fire

“Where are your parents?”

“They’re dead,” said Harry shortly. He didn’t feel much like going into the matter with this boy.

“Oh, sorry,” said the other, not sounding sorry at all. “But they were our kind, weren’t they?”

“They were a witch and a wizard, if that’s what you mean.”

“I really don’t think they should let the other sort in, do you? They are not just the same, they’ve never been brought up to know our ways.”

The text above is an extract from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book of the best-selling book series in history. The scene relates the first immersion of Harry into the world of the magic, exemplifying the bigotry of the “magical” people towards the muggles, the non-magical people shown in the novel. The term used by the author J. K. Rowling along with other terms like:  Squib, which refers to a person with one or more magical parents yet without any magical power/ability, and from the term muggle-born, which refers to a person with magical abilities but with non-magical parents, are used along the novel series as derogative and offensive terms.

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