Previously, I wrote about the appeal ISIS has in drawing young teens on social media to win them over and get them to join their group.
Let’s brea this down shall we? The Islamic State is an extremely bad, but they are also extremely power. Just like Voldemort and his Death Eater. They have the ability to change people’s minds on issues and convert them to do some pretty awful things, like killing people for horcruxes or running entire wizarding worlds. In order to this, you really have to be strong in your recruitment, training, and manipulation.
Just like other extremist groups, they prey on people that fall under these categories:
People who often feel isolated, alone.
People who feel lost in their identity. They are searching for a new identity, or to feel belonged.
People are used to extremist restrictions or behaviors.
People who feel like they caught inside ideals and pressure, they seek refuse and purpose elsewhere.
Essentially the vulnerable, confused, and in need of direction and purpose...
If we continue the Potter metaphor, this would be like getting Draco Malfoy to do your dirty work inside Hogwarts.
How to help:
By understanding the appeal that ISIS (Voldemort) has, it is easier to not get caught in a trap. Reach out to those around you who might be vulnerable or now feel like they belong!
And more important, don’t be a death eater. You may think Voldemort is cool and badass, but hurting people is never a good idea. There is a whole family of people the Potter side.