Harry Potter And Sexism In Literature

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The kinds books children and young adults read today are read because they offer either important lessons or qualities that the children and young adults should portray. Books that children read reflect on the social structure on our world. A significant social issue today is one of gender inequality where men and women are still not seen as equals at home or in the workplace. This inequality reflects the sexism that occurs against women. Sexism is discrimination and stereotyping based on sex, most commonly against women.The sexism between men and women that exists today reflect the female stereotypes often seen in literature new and old. Literature published in the Nineteenth and Twentieth century, like Little Women and Peter Pen, and even…show more content…
This sexism can be seen in the gender lines throughout the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, follows a young boy named Harry Potter who learns he is a wizard and goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is known as "The Boy Who Lived" after surviving an attack from the Dark Lord, Lord Voldemort. The series follows Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, on their years at Hogwarts and culminates in fight between Harry and Lord Voldemort. Despite being written in the late 20th and early 21st century, Harry Potter continues sexism which the series portrays through its female characters of Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley. Hermione Granger is a witch Harry meets on his way to Hogwarts. Hermione is by far the brightest student at Hogwarts and is considered a "know-it-all". Despite being the smartest student at Hogwarts, Hermione 's abilities are seen as secondary to the one of the boy 's. The boys are seen as the brave and strong ones while the girls are always seeking for help. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone, after a troll gets lose in the school, Hermione is seen "shrinking against the wall ... looking as if she was about to faint." (Rowling, "HP and the Sorcerer 's Stone" 140) Harry and Ron then save her from the troll before anyone is hurt. Throughout the book, Hermione is seen as only good for her book smarts despite being an excellent witch. Hermione has to prove herself to Harry and Ron and they only appreciate her for her knowledge. Hermione most likely does not need to the help of Harry and Ron, especially since the spell Ron used to save her from the troll was the one she taught to Ron. It is a sexist notion that the girl 's are always the "damsel-in-distress" and are not able to save themselves. This could occur since the story is seen through Harry 's eyes which relegates Hermione to
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