Harry Potter Series By J.k. Rowling

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From the publication of its first novel and its rise to popularity, the widely famous and popular Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has always caused conversation. This is because the series of seven novels addresses a variety of social issues. One of these social issues is the idea of the “Other.” The concept of the “Other” appears in the Harry Potter universe in several ways, but this essay will focus on the connection between the “Other” and muggle-borns and their supporters. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, muggle-born witches and wizards and their supporters are “Othered.” Before continuing, it is important to define the idea of the “Other”. In the field of popular culture, this term refers to an all-inclusive stereotype for all people other than the dominant group. The minority of people are often seen as inferior to, or alien from, the dominant group (Maulden). Marion Rana, editor of a scholarly German magazine, expands upon this idea.
“Otherness is constructed by human interaction and social categories and only ever exists in relation to a certain social order. It is thus a social construct that is employed consciously and unconsciously in identity formation, as both individuals and groups define themselves through delimitation of and opposition towards the mythical Other in order to create an identity for themselves (Rana 1).”

In the Harry Potter series, the pure-blood wizarding community “Otherizes” muggle-borns and their supporters. Muggle-borns…
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