Gender Roles In Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

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The Harry Potter series have been an interesting series for me ever since I have enrolled in Professor Fox’s class. I personally have not read any of the Harry Potter series during my childhood, but once I have enrolled in Professor Fox’s class I have recently just finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Throughout my readings of these two books I have had many observations on certain aspects of the story that I would not have noticed when I was younger. These three aspects that I can’t imagine as a child noticing is how the Dursleys abused Harry, the stance on gender, and prejudgement based on appearance. In the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry first lives his life as a muggle not knowing anything about …show more content…

In the Harry Potter world there is the usual male and female genders. Hermione being one of the main female roles. Harry and Ron are two of the main male characters in the novel. At first in the story when Hermione was introduced it portrayed her by saying “She had a bossy sort of voice, lots of bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth” (Rowling 83). Gender stance in this quote are shown greatly due to how Hermione is portrayed as if she was some sort of intellect who looked down upon the males. As of reading this as an adult I would already notice how she is in fact the female who was portrayed as the one who knows it all. Additionally it also says “I know all about you, of course” (Rowling 84). This adds to on how she is viewed as the know it all and the intellect of the novel so far. The counterparts of the female were treated as if they were the inferior ones seeking to follow, the superior one, Hermione. In contrast of all of this if I was younger and read this specific part of the novel I wouldn’t have noticed any gender prejudice. As a child I would honestly think she is just a rude person who thinks they’re too good for others. I would’ve understood it a whole different way than Rowling intended to portray them due to how a child’s mindset would be

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