ENGB35H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Hogwarts, Separate Spheres, Boarding School
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
●Boarding school useful bc you are getting children away from parents.
Hogwarts -- less supervision there.
●Absolute fantasy and escapism
●Freud - when kids have issues with parents, most kids fantasize about
being adopted - Harry has a reverse family romance where his real parents
are dead. Absolute wish fulfillment
●Hogwarts gives Harry an escape from the mundane and abusive life
●Anne of Green Gables - doesn’t want Anne to grow up whereas Harry
Potter series - accompanies him as he grows up.
●Challenges in Harry Potter are more real -- young boy struggling, learns as
he struggles and explores his own autonomy.
●Harry Potter - romance that is going to end happily. There is romance +
●Rowling does not make it easy for the reader -- takes things away from
Harry -- Hogwarts is a dangerous place - scope increases to encompass the
●As you read each book, vocabulary increased, making it harder to read the
book. The challenges get harder as well.
●Rereading the book as an adult made me pick up on things that I have
●Put outter - and then
●Harry’s character - he’s the least interesting character.
●Mrs. Weasley -- raising children as a housewife. Given the rule the kids are
not allowed to perform magic at home someone has to supervise the kids.
Separate spheres built into the wizarding world.
●Ron signifies family. Ron - good at chess.
●The seeker - Harry being a seeker is symbolic b/c he wins the match and
gets more points than anyone else and end the game. Inherited talent from
his father - be read as a class analysis.
- Romance as genre of the upper classes - Lyra child of Lord Asriel and
when the novel gets going it gets adapted to middle-class values. Hangover
in this book whereby Harry just b/c he is Harry has virtues and talents he
has inherited. Sense of Harry’s superiority comes from that inheritance
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