Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Rowling Gender Analysis

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INTRODUCTION Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the final installment of the Harry Potter series, wrapping up an epic fantasy based world story that surrounds the main protagonist Harry Potter and antagonist Voldemort. In the final book, Rowling is able to showcase her sense of feminism through female characters in the book. Although the book is based around the male hero Harry Potter, Rowling surrounds him with strong powerful women whom become mother figures to him. In addition to surrounding the main protagonist with strong women, Rowling also includes a handful of female antagonist to display the darker side of women, and show the reader the two sides of the female spectrum. The series as a whole includes many female characters that shatter the stereotypical representations of women in literature, where role …show more content…

Throughout the course of writing the series, Rowling also had a daughter, which made herself a mother. This allowed Rowling to see both sides of having a mother and being a mother, which may have influenced her decision to surround Harry with nurturing mother figures. Through the whole Harry Potter series, Rowling is able to show the strength that women uphold, where strength is not defined by brute muscle or masculinity, but rather the proficiency in the magical arts, where both male wizards and female witches are both capable of achieving in high standards. Rowling puts emphasis on how strong women are, especially during the fighting scenes where the female characters would not be hiding behind a male character, but would be courageously fighting their opponent. Prime examples of this would be Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Molly Weasley and Minerva McGonagall in the Battle for Hogwarts, once again challenging the stereotypical representation of female

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