The Harry Potter Essay
The story of Harry Potter begins with Harry as a young, orphaned boy, who is left on the Dursley family’s doorstep. He is taken in by this family who he later realizes to be his aunt and uncle, however, he is not treated as family during his stay in the household. While living with this family he begins to notice that when he becomes angry or upset, some peculiar, maybe even magical, things happen. Eleven years into his life, he receives a letter saying he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Shortly after receiving the letter, a giant by the name of Hagrid arrives to take Harry to Hogwarts. That very moment was when Harry’s whole world was turned upside down. He soon meets friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, is sorted into the Gryffindor house, and experiences some of the exciting, and sometimes dangerous, adventures of the wizarding world.
Although the story is clearly fiction, there are numerous metaphors that bring to attention some of the real life issues seen in the world. Racism is the word used to define the prejudice and discrimination directed against someone of a different race. There have been many issues in the past, as well as present, where racism has brought upon much violence in society. Another social issue that the Harry Potter books bring to attention is the stigma against illnesses such as HIV and AIDS. HIV/AIDS are sexually transmitted diseases that prevent the body’s immune