What would happen to the villains of children’s literature nowadays if the Crown Prosecution Service were able to make the mud stick? The Times consulted the Ministry of Justice…
*J.K. Rowling’s Lord Voldemort: 134 years in jail for crimes including genocide, murder, attempted murder, terrorism and child abuse.
*Mr McGregor, Beatrix Potter’s gardener and threat to Peter Rabbit: £6,000 fine for hunting rabbits without a licence.
*Fagin: 14 years for child slavery, 10 for grooming and six months for theft (not the gallows, as in Oliver Twist).
*Captain Hook: 69 years for piracy, incitement to violence, terrorism, theft, child abuse, animal cruelty and attempted murder.
Reported in The Times, Saturday February 1st 2014.