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J.K. Rowling could never have possibly imagined how her little book about a boy with broken glasses and a scar on his forehead would impact world culture. Yet today, we all discuss the “Harry Potter phenomenon” and how adults and children alike can enjoy the books. But my question is this: Will Harry Potter become a beloved classic like The Chronicles of Narnia or Great Expectations? Does Harry Potter have what it takes to be worthwhile to teach in schools, or is it just a temporary fad that individuals will look back on and remark: “Oh yeah, I remember when those books were popular?” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “classic” as “a work of enduring excellence.” Harry Potter’s popularity has lasted since 1998, when the first book came out. Granted Harry Potter is a series, but seven years is a long time for a book or literary piece to hold an entire world’s attention.
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.
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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. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is Harry’s mentor throughout the series even beyond the grave. In both physical appearance and personality he appears to be the stereotypical visage of Merlin.
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Hermione was able to figure out which potions were able to do which thing because she has her main traits being her intelligence and her cleverness. Hermione even knows that she doesn’t have the same traits as Harry when they have this conversation, “’Harry – you’re a great wizard, you know.’ ‘I’m not as good as you,’ said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him. ‘Me!’ said Hermione. ‘Books! And cleverness!