Rowling, J.K.. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Scholastic, 2003. Print.
The Harry Potter series is a world filled with magic, adventures, and memorable quirky characters. All seven books by J.K. Rowling featuring Harry Potter the young boy wizard with a unique lightening scar and even more remarkable destiny continues to influence and inspire children and adults around the world. Rowling manages to balance humor and darker themes in the children’s books that allows for a wider range of audience to connect with the story. Themes such as death, love, sacrifice, prejudice, and good versus evil are major themes that occur throughout Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The wildly popular Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling has caused controversy for many families over the past five years. These novels according to some critics are harmless, adventurous, children's tales. Others choose to portray them as stories that inspire children to become involved in the occult and serious witchcraft. The Harry Potter novels chronicle the life of a young wizard whose wizard parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldermort. On his eleventh birthday he receives invitation to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each of the five books represents a year of his life there (Walker). This essay will discuss whether the Harry Potter novels are a suitable read for children and why despite what some critics portray, Harry Potter can be a positive role model for youth.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. New York, NY. Scholastic Press, 2005. Print.
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York City: Scholastic, 1997. Print.
The seven books in the Harry Potter series are some of the most popular books of all time. Millions of children and adults around the world crave everything to do with Harry. From the midnight book release parties to new movie releases to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, fans, the world over, love Harry and can't seem to get enough of him. While scores of fans immerse themselves in the fantasy world of Harry Potter, there are some people that believe that Harry Potter is the work of the devil, and the world J.K. Rowling created entices readers to abandon God and pursue the occult. However, Harry Potter does not promote evil. Harry's entire seven novel journey exists to teach people, young and old, about love, loss, relationships, good versus evil, and doing what is right versus doing what is easy. In addition to these very important lessons, Rowling has cast a spell beyond what anyone else has ever seemed to be able to accomplish: She has made millions of children excited about reading. The author is also a prime example that you can be anything and do anything, no matter your circumstances. She is proof that perseverance can yield amazing awards.
J.K. Rowling. There are few in the world now who do not know her name. Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series has spawned movies, numerous games, clothing, toy lines, as well as many other items. Her high fan-base has been responsible for the creation of well over 570,000 individual Harry Potter based fan-fiction in several languages, as well as several popular and thriving fan-based websites such as MuggleNet.com and The Leaky Cauldron. All said there is no doubt that her works are popular, even beloved all around the world with very little exception. However when reading Harry Potter, what on the surface seems to be a great children’s story of good versus evil becomes inundated with darker messages when the reader takes the time to look closer and dig deeper. The Harry Potter series contains messages that nearly advocate child endangerment, encourage mistrust in adults, poke fun at slavery, and glorify children being disobedient, and it is for those reasons that J.K. Rowling should be excluded from today’s literary canon as a children’s author.
Published on June 21, 2003, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of the fastest
J.K. Rowling has written the most successful book series in all of recorded history, but despite the fact that she has poured her life experiences and influences into the number one best selling series in all of history, Harry Potter, there is much controversy surrounding this book. Some of the controversies surrounding this book are; the fact that it supports witchcraft and Satanism. Many people believe that this book is a direct insult to the Christian god, God, saying that Harry Potter is saying that witchcraft is real and not always evil. Many people believe that the Harry Potter series should not be considered a classic young adult and children’s book. These conflicts have caused many debates among literary writers and philosophers. There are many arguments supporting both sides of the debate. One side of the religious battle are the Christians who greatly oppose Harry Potter and everything that has to do with witchcraft and sorcery, while the side saying that Harry Potter is not supporting witchcraft call those Christians radicals and that they should be more open to fantasy books and what books are really supporting. Many literary critics say that Harry Potter should not be considered a classic for many reasons, like that this is Rowling’s first published work. Supporters ask about To Kill a Mockingbird and about how that is considered a classic and that is Harper Lee’s only novel.
...ave evolved about the subject matter of these books. The greatest controversy, though, centers on the series’ religious references, which have caused many parents to despise the “immoral” concepts of the stories and forbid their children from reading these books. Such people feel that Rowling promotes paganism through the magic performed by the characters, and promotes evil through various connections to Satan. Still, Harry Potter does not reflect the practices of Wicca and good always overpowers evil in the end; therefore, we should not be concerned with the effects of the series on children, or even adults. After all, readers have been enjoying stories containing magical references for centuries and humanity has not suffered because of it. Harry Potter is just another magical story and should be enjoyed, rather than judged because of its controversial references.