“We do!” said Hermione. She had sat up straight, her eyes bright. “We protest! And I’m hunted quite as much as any goblin or elf, Griphook! I’m a Mudblood!”
“Don’t call yourself [that]—” Ron muttered.
“Why shouldn’t I?” said Hermione. “Mudblood, and proud of it!”
Like this excerpt from JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” the majority of the book series takes a clear stance against discriminatory practices. However, she also portrays serious stereotyping oversights throughout her work.
In order to have anything that is atypical, Rowling first needed to define what typical is for her world. Wizards are the standard that the world is held against, proven by the fact that the entire novel takes place in what Rowling calls the “Wizarding World.” While this might seem like an obvious choice, she could have easily chosen something more inclusive, like a Magical World or an Enchanted World.
Nevertheless, Wizarding World is especially appropriate considering that the Protagonist identifies with this label. Not only this, but over the course of the series almost every Antagonist is also a Wizard (Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix LeStrange being the only Witches among them.)
True to the promise of the first book, “there 's not a single witch or wizard who went bad that wasn 't in Slytherin.” (Sorcerer’s Stone) All antagonists are of course included in this umbrella, with the arguable exceptions of the Gryffindors Sirius Black, who was considered by the public to a be a dark wizard regardless of his actual affiliations, and ...
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...having a spouse and children, but does not. Rowling makes a point of having Lupin marry Tonks and then giving them a perfectly healthy non-werewolf son.
“For those in the majority who are not afﬂicted, denying such poor souls their humanity becomes easier than trying to understand [them as] a human” (Green.) However, Remus’ friends and family consider him to be more than his disease and accomplish the task of portraying the example Rowling wants replicated.
A comment I hear a lot is that Harry Potter “taught me how to be a person” and in a way isn’t that the goal of all children’s books? To impress a set of values into young minds and thereby mold them into the adults the author wishes for them to become. Rowling wanted to impress children with a core set of values that everyone is just as human and worthwhile as everyone else, and she accomplished that beauitifully.
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