1492, 1942, 1992: The Theme of Race in the Harry Potter Series

Lana Whited


In this article Lana Whited discusses several crucial dates in the Harry Potter books and matches them with European and North American events that historically occurred on those dates. The parallels Whited notes lend weight to what readers may consider a secondary theme of the series: racism. According to Whited, exploring and combating racism is a primary theme for Rowling in this series, and Rowling brings up this theme repeatedly in various comic and dramatic ways.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680