Harry Potter And Gender Essay

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Stereotypes and Witches: Sexism in Harry Potter Harry Potter’s magical world examines several critical issues in the muggle (non-wizard) world and J.K. Rowling takes sport in her attacks on social problems. Several groups cite the series as the perfect novel to teach morals. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone often enters classrooms as a message against bullying. But does Rowling fall short in one particular area that leaves young girls vulnerable? Christine Schoefer in her article, Harry Potter’s Girl Trouble, explores the allegedly sexists slant in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series through the first three novels. Schoefer fails to see Hermione as a strong character that counter tradition stereotypes concerning female lead characters. Hermione’s involvement in the Golden Trio gives balance to the group. Through Schoefer claims that “[Hermione] struggles so hard to get Harry and Ron’s approval and respect” in the first novel the opposite occurs more often than not. Hermione does not bother herself overly so with the opinions of others in the school. Hermione might have suffered a moment of emotion in Sorcerer’s Stone when the boys insulted her lack of friendship. Schoefer attacks the character for having emotions and crying when any eleven year old girl might have done the same. Hermione proves her lack of interest in juvenile popularity contest in Chamber of Secrets when she challenges the norm of school and society with the founding of S.P.E.W., an organization that seeks to liberate house elves. Despite the obvious humiliation and backlash from her initiative to free house elves from slavery, Hermione’s character remains stubbornly and strongly behind the movement. Throughout the series, Hermione makes decisions that the boys do not respect, that garners ill opinion from her classmates and criticisms from the adults. Schoefer harps on Hermione having

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