Sports Illustrated has done a profile of Aaron Hernandez’s brother Jonathan as he tries to face life as the brother of a famous convicted murderer. It’s a great read and makes you feel for the guy as he struggles to find his path, given the fact that he had nothing to do with what an evil sociopath his brother turned out to be but nevertheless is paying a price for someone else’s sins.
But it also gives us a peak into Aaron’s prison life, including one tidbit that absolutely made my head explode:
“Aaron probably never recommended a book in his life before he ended up here, but incarceration has turned him into a reader. He has plowed through all the Harry Potter books.”
No. No, no, no. This cannot be allowed to happen. You do not get to enjoy the adventures of the world’s most beloved boy wizard, Aaron Hernandez. That’s for decent, moral, non-murderers only.
As someone who read every single one of those books at a kid’s bedtime, complete with each distinct character voice like doing an audiobook (my Hermoine Granger was especially spot-on), and own all the movies, it is an affront to me that you would be pouring through the books in your blood-stained hands.
And what does it say about our criminal justice system that a killer gets to read one of the great works of family literature ever? It’s an outrage. Murderers shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the story of the Boy Who Lived Under the Stairs, going off to Hogwarts to discover who he really is. Of his friendships with Hermoine and Ron as they learn how friendship can triumph over unspeakable evil. Of Dumbledore’s secret arrangement that leaves us guessing about the true nature of Professor Snape right up until the very end of the last book. Of Sirius Black’s sacrifice and Neville Longbottom’s courage and Mrs. Weasley’s maternal vengeance at the Battle of Hogwarts and how Harry finally ends up with Ginny in the end.
These things are precious to some of us. And to have a guy facing trial for yet two more murders after being convicted of one already is an abomination. As Harry himself says at the end of “Order of the Phoenix,” “You’re the one who is weak. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.”