Harry Potter Racism

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The subjects of racism and prejudices can be very difficult to talk about in general but especially when trying to explain those themes to children. The subjects are uncomfortable and can viewed in many different ways. These themes have been the subject of debate for many years in regards to how to define racism and how to talk about it in a constructive manner. One reason these subjects are so difficult to talk about is the fear of offending someone or sounding prejudice to some degree. Thankfully J.K. Rowling created a world where these themes can be explored safely and without fear of offending any groups. The following research will explore the Harry Potter series and how these themes are presented in the story. When first reading the Harry Potter series, one may not think the subject of racism is prevalent. The race of the characters is not really touched on throughout the series, aside from describing certain characters. For example, the character Dean Thomas is described as “a black boy even taller than Ron” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 122) or the character Angelina Johnson is described as “a tall black girl with long braided hair” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 224). The Psychology of Harry Potter An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived, authored by Mikhail Lyubansky, theorizes that Rowling used these racial identifiers as a way of showing that the traditional idea of race has no place in her universe. She did not want

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