Critical Companion to J.K. Rowling: A Literary Reference to by Karley Adney

By Karley Adney

J.K. Rowling is without doubt one of the hottest authors of all time. Her Harry Potter books are loved through thousands of youngsters and revered via critics of either kid's and grownup literature. nevertheless, those comparable books have aroused controversy relating to their literary benefits and ethical messages.

severe significant other to J.K. Rowling seeks to teach readers approximately those debates and encourages them to consider Rowling's novels thoughtfully whereas figuring out the context during which they have been written.

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When we are introduced to Harry, he lives with his contemptible relatives, who treat him with little respect and even less compassion. When Rowling reveals Harry as a wizard whose magical lineage has earned him a spot at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry’s previously held assumptions about his family, his place in the world, and himself are all destabilized. When Hagrid appears to relay the message of Harry’s admission to Hogwarts, Harry is stymied: “Instead of feeling pleased and proud, [Harry] felt quite sure there had been a horrible mistake.

Deborah Stevenson in Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books wondered whether the “the stakes are anything to get excited about” in the novel’s plot and whether some elements such as the sport of Quidditch seemed “inserted largely because the author laboriously created them” and would “interfere with the plot rather than advancing it” (110). The same reviewer compared Sorcerer’s Stone unfavorably with Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, claiming the latter offers thrills that the former simply does not.

They board boats, and Hagrid finds Neville’s toad, Trevor. The boats sail across a huge black lake. The students disembark and follow Hagrid to the Hogwarts castle front door. Chapter 7: “The Sorting Hat” Professor McGonagall greets the students and explains that they will be sorted into one of four houses: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Students work together in their houses to earn house points (these points can also be deducted); the house with the most points at the end of the year will win the House Cup, an important honor.

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