Symbolism, Imagery, and Motif of Harry Potter Essay

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Harry Potter is a fascinating tale of sorcerers, wands, broomsticks, dragons, and magic. The story begins with a young boy named Harry Potter who lives at number four Privit Drive, Surray, England. His journey begins after the death of his parents at the hands of the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry learns of his past and his future as a wizard from Hagrid, the keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He travels to Hogwarts where he learns spells and enchantments, makes new friends, finds enemies, and discovers fantastic secretes. J.K. Rowling weaves a web of impeccable storytelling with this critically acclaimed novel. In the tale of Harry Potter imagery, symbolism, and motif take central focus. Symbolism is…show more content…
Flying is his natural talent, and symbolic of his first triumph. The first time Harry takes flight is to defend a fellow student being bullied by Harry's enemy, Draco Malfoy. Malfoy steals a treasured possession from Harry's fellow student, and threatens to throw it on the roof of the castle where it would more than likely be lost forever. Harry intercepts the treasured possession midair after a fifty foot dive. A teacher sees this event occur, and recommends that Harry should join the school's Quidditch team, a team that plays games involving broomsticks, quaffles, and bludgers. It is symbolic that Harry's aid of a fellow student in distress secures him a position on the sporting team. “Broomsticks are cool, I mean who wouldn't want to fly.” (Howe “Sorcerer's Stone”). Flying is an act many of us have dreamed of. It seems only fitting that Harry should be compensated with the wonderful experience of flight after suffering such a depressing childhood. The Wand, used by every witch and wizard to channel their naturally occurring magic into a variety of spells, is probably the most important symbol of the story. “The wand chooses the Wizard Mr. Potter, its not always clear why.” (Rowling 64) This indicates that the wand is symbolic of a separate entity, a being that has the conscious willpower to chose its master. It is not just an inanimate

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