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Harry Potter: A Tale of Adolescent Adventure
An analysis of how J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series reflects the growth and maturation process of young adults.
# 153092 | 1,904 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Literature (Children) , Literature (English) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper asserts that J.K. Rowling's adolescent hero, Harry Potter, is well-loved and admired by children and adults all over the world because of his unique qualities and ability to overcome the adversities that so many children his age face. The paper addresses Harry Potter's issues of identity, bullying and the classic struggle between good and evil, but points out that Harry Potter is a bit advanced for his age. The paper concludes that through his own trials and adversities, Harry Potter and his experience exemplifies everything that it means to be a young person in the world--but with a magical twist.

From the Paper:

"In order to have a proper understanding of the context within this idea, it is important to understand that Harry Potter originally comes from a fantasy world, that of the humans. Although this fantasy world is best described in the first of the Harry Potter novels, it is important because of the way that Potter's fantasy world slowly fades away as he becomes older. It is interesting to consider that Potter's fantasy world is very different from that of a regular adolescent. As a matter of fact, it is the complete opposite. The word "fantasy" should be taken in the lightest sense, because Potter's fantasy world that is not his actual reality is very close to what today's human adolescents would deem their reality: the world as it is today. When living with his "muggle," or human, family Harry deals with his first of many struggles between good and evil: his relatives are treating him poorly, but he remains a good person at heart. In this struggle, as always, Potter is the classic innocent character that is bullied and belittled by an evil counterpart. Unfortunately, the evil in this case is his human family, who was left to care for him after the mysterious death of his parents. To top it all off, Harry is forced to live in a small room under the stairs, confined to small spaces never knowing that he was something far greater than every other person that lived in that house with him."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Seelinger Trites, Roberta. "Harry Potter as a Test Case for Adolescent Literature." Illinois State University 472-485. Web. 13 Dec 2010.
  • Binnendyk, Lauren, and Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl. "Harry Potter and the Moral Development of Pre-Adolescent Children." University of British Columbia, Canada 194-201. Web. 11 Dec 2010.

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