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Harry Potter Philosophy

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Transcript of Harry Potter Philosophy

Inspiration Struck
The series started with J.K. Rowling writing the first book of the 7 book series.
She came up with the idea for the story on a four hour train ride home.
How the Story Began
"I really don't know where the idea came from. It started with Harry, then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head."
She told the
Boston Globe
It Starts
In 1997, the first book was published.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Books to Movies
Rowling wrote and published four more of the Harry Potter books until the first movie came out.
They changed the title of the movie to
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
instead of Philosopher's stone.
Books
Movies
Date
98
99
2000
01
02
03
04
05
07
09
10
11
1997
The Plot
Harry is considered the "Chosen One". And is the only one able to destroy Voldemort and end his reign of terror.
Classification
Fiction
Fantasy
Fantasy Adventure
Children's Fantasy
Romance Film

What is a Person?
In Voldemort's eyes and many of his followers Muggles (or normal humans) are like animals. He believes that the Wizarding kind is a higher and more developed race and anyone that thinks other wise is wrong. He treats Muggles like some people treat animals - with disrespect and violence.
Tom Marvolo Riddle
Lord Voldemort
Tom was named after his father Tom Riddle Sr. His father left his mother and him soon after she became pregnant with Tom, having been released from the enchantment of a love potion which had started their relationship. Tom Marvolo Riddle, was born and raised in a Muggle orphanage and became the next air to the Salazar Slytherin. His mother died shortly after childbirth making Tom an orphan. Tom was a very strong wizard from a very young age and exceeded in school. His mind was always slightly twisted and seemed to get worse with age.
Good
evil
vs.
Does Tom's back story give him a reason to be evil?
Tom Riddle grows up to be
morally evil
as he causes harm by murdering and uses racism against mud-bloods and half-bloods.
It is people like Voldemort that made
Nicollo Machiaveli
believe that humans are not very "gracious creatures."
Harry James Potter
Harry was born into a pure blood family, having a witch and a wizard for parents. He is considered to be "The Chosen One" as he is the only one to survive the killing curse. He is the only one able to kill Voldemort in the end. "and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives". He would be considered "Good" in the sense that he
produces a desirable outcome
. He defeats the greater evil and saves many lives in doing so, with the exception of one. He killed one to save thousands.
The Perfect World
Dystopia
Utopia
And

Everyone is treated equal no matter the family they were born into.
Everyone gets an education on how to wield their power.
Muggles and Wizards can live in harmony.
You can pursue anything if you put your mind to it.
A Perfect Society in the eyes of the "Good Guys"
Utopia in the eyes of the "Bad Guys"
Mud-Bloods and Half-Bloods are only allowed to live if they admit they are not truly a wizard or witch.
You can only be what the Ministry of Magic says you can be.
Mating with Muggles is considered disgusting.
Education is changed and the Unforgivable Curses must be taught to everyone, no matter their age and using them on the students as punishment is encouraged.
Pol Pot, Hitler and Lord Voldemort
Like Hitler and Pol Pot, Voldemort believes that his way is the way the world should be run. Killing and slavery is what is right and he doesn't accept the fact that he what he is doing is wrong. He is very much a communist.
Who is Leading a Good Life?
Molly Weasley's Point of View
Although there is killing and evil encompassing her world, Molly Weasley always seems happy. She spends her time cooking and laughing with her big family and many friends. Her house is always filled with people. The only time she isn't truly happy is when she is alone to worry about her loved ones. Molly has an
Epicurean
mind and believes that life is only good when surrounded by friends and family.
The only time Molly Weasley showed true hatred to defend her family.
What is Art?
Romanticism and Nature (and Supernatural)
Postmodernism
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has a lot of
Time-Bending
as Hermione goes back in time to catch all of the classes she wants to take and Harry and her travel back in hopes to shape reality into something better.
Wizards are Superior
Dualism
The Wizarding World and the real world is a form of dualism. As the real world exists there is also a world that lives outside the human world. Many people do not know about this world and the wizards like to keep it this way. They can still interact with each other and in one case they did...
The story follows Harry Potter, an orphaned child, who discovers at the age of eleven that he is a wizard.
He is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where his life changes forever.
While at Hogwarts, Harry faces problems that ordinary teenagers have to deal with...
By a very dark wizard by the name of Lord Voldemort is trying to take over the Wizarding World and turn it into what he believes to be how the world should be run.
However, his world is changed as he learns the reality of how his parents really died.
Personal Appeal
My Mom tried reading
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
to me when I was little but I was too scared of the spider and she had to stop.
Later on when one of the Sorcerer's Stone came on T.V. I asked my Mom about it and she gave me the books to read. Thus, my love for the series began.
I liked how the story began simple but as you grow up with Harry the plot gets more complicated and darker.
The characters get more advanced and the story heightens.
I also like the idea of a parallel world from ours like the Wizarding World and other worlds like Narnia and Middle Earth.
It is nearly everyone's dream to have super powers or the ability to wield magic. I like the idea that wizards and witches could be real.
To Conclude
The Harry Potter series has many different philosophical aspects and is adored by children of all ages. It truly is a magical experience.
Romanticism can be seen throughout the Harry Potter series. The setting in most of the scenes can be considered romantic as they are beautiful even the fire can be considered alluring as the flames are a form of nature. Even the scenes of great evil have a seductive beauty to them. The destruction of the dome around Hogwarts can be considered
supernatural romanticism
as it uses magic similar to the science in Mary Shelly's
Frankenstein
.
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