By far, my largest takeaway from my reading of the Harry Potter series is the similarity between the books and World War II. This idea might be quite confusing at first, but let me explain. The story of Harry Potter, though very complex, is about a group of people with certain ideas trying to take over the world. These “people” are known as “death eaters.” A man named Tom Riddle, also known as Lord Voldomort, leads these “death eaters” and his goal is to eliminate a certain race/religion and also gain world domination. He believes anybody who does not contain magical blood should be killed. In the book, people with no magical blood are known as “muggles.” When you look at Harry Potter this way, in my opinion, it is hard not to compare the book to Nazi Germany. At first, I thought this idea was far fetched, but I decided to look this up and to my surprise, JK Rowling did have this idea in mind when she wrote Harry Potter. In an interview JK Rowling states, "I wanted Harry to leave our world and find exactly the same problems in the wizarding world. So you have the intent to impose a hierarchy, you have bigotry, and this notion of purity, which is this great fallacy, but it crops up all over the world. People like to think themselves superior and that if they can pride themselves in nothing else they can pride themselves on perceived purity. So yes that follows a parallel [to Nazism]." Even though Nazism was not at the top of JK Rowling’s mind when she wrote her book, I encourage others to look for other examples like this in their readings!
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