Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Gender Roles

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After watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part Two, I was able to see how gender roles both differ and remain the same in this movie. Although some gender stereotypes apply to the film, I think many characters defy the stigmas typically assigned to males and females. Strong female roles, such as Hermione Granger, Molly Weasley, Professor McGonagall, and Luna Lovegood, help portray sturdy independent women who take charge. Reflecting on this movie, even as a dedicated Harry Potter fan, I have always admired how female actors in the series have had “the brains” in tricky situations. After watching the movie, I saw themes of power feminism, stereotyping, and negative connotations of males who express emotion. Hermione Granger …show more content…

This goes against typical stereotypes of women that they are unqualified and incapable of leading. Although her character is recognized for her smarts, she still is susceptible to the inferiority that many women are subject to. For example, after jumping off the dragon into the water, Ron and Harry are able to take their shirts off to change out of their wet clothes, while Hermione can only cover herself with a blanket since it is “unacceptable” to be seen topless as a woman. I appreciated how Hermione was able to accept her brilliance and not deny it. When she discovers Harry could possibly be in the room of requirement, Ron praises her for knowing the riddle to discovering where he may be. Women would have the tendency to accept their stereotypes and follow them.
Males are taught to be tough, and if they do cry they are seen as soft. When Lord Voldemort and his army gather at Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy is seen crying and shuttering among other Hogwarts students at the idea of returning back to the dark side. Malfoy is yelled at by his father for disobeying him and acting inferior when he was asked him to come forth. The scene when Voldemort and his snake kill Snape, Snape is seen crying which generally sparks a lot of emotion for the watcher when seeing a man crying since society makes it a rare occurrence. There should not be an issue with any male expressing what they feel in a moment.
One aspect of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that frustrates me

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