LET’S TALK ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY OF THE TEXT!
Okay, so these books are for children right? RIGHT?!
Technically. However, have you read the books?
At its base, all the Harry Potter books are a nice story about a boy who defeated an evil wizard with the power of love <3. When you dive deeper into each individual story, there is so much more.
These books teach kids (and adults) about how to deal with loss, what makes a solid friendship work, how to be brave, how to care, how to deal with your emotions, how to be an all-around good person.
The books discuss politics, ethics, and morals. For example:
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.
Sirius Black from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Dang, that’s a good rule to live by.
Hermione creates S.P.E.W which is basically an organization to free the house elves (slaves). There are complex trial scenes in flashbacks. Corruption within the higher ups, specifically Umbridge and the rest of the ministry. The treatment of animals and how they should (and shouldn’t) be housed.
Each time I read these books, I get something more. How many different readings can you do of HP? Feminist, psychoanalytical, Marxist, reader-response, queer, post-colonial.
I have yet to read these books with the lens of any literary criticism. Have you?