Charms, magic and hocus pocus make way for the drama of local politics in J K Rowling’s long awaited book
The pretty little town of Pagford is any small English town, with cobbled streets and tidy houses, and this is how the residents wish to keep it. But in an act seen as a betrayal by its residents, land belonging to Pagford is sold, and ‘Fields,’ an unattractive, low income housing estate is built on that land. Eventually, as communities do, Fields grows to the doorstep of Pagford. The people of Pagford are forced to share their school and other facilities with Fields, and to interact with its residents. It is no longer possible to ignore the seamier side of life as lived by their council house neighbours, many of whom, to add to their undesirability, are on welfare. This inability to ignore is not for want of trying.