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The Politics of Harry Potter

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This political analysis of Harry Potter uses the beloved wizarding world to introduce readers to the equally murky and intimidating world of the political. Readers may be surprised to discover that in fact J. K. Rowling's work provides us with entries into all of the most important political questions in history - from current controversies about terrorism and human ...more
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published March 31st 2008)
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Alaa Abdel-Rahman
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My review for this book can be summed up in the following extract:

"... Not only are we affected daily by things happening economically, politically, and environmentally on the other side of the world, but we are absolutely capable of affecting those things, and that world. We never know when a decision that appears to be minor, will have consequences beyond our wildest imaginings. And it is this, ultimately, the sum of our choices, that makes us. "

The beauty of the book lies in its simplistic
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Shelby
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved it, I loved the excitement the author had towards Harry Potter, I loved the political theories discussed, I loved almost everything. Unfortunately, I couldnt give it more than 3 stars because there were grammar errors throughout the entire book making the whole thing seem unprofessional and perhaps even inaccurate. I wish that hadnt affected my view of the book so much, but I couldnt get past it when the editing errors only increased as the book went on. Overall, glad I read it, but dont ...more
Phoenix
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Political Magic

A delightful springboard for examining the relationships between political actors and the State. J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, both the books and the movies, are an au courant touchstone of the early 21st century and the millennial generation. Constructed as a political and social allegory it aptly reflects both our failings and our hopes. Barrat's examination of such issues as human (and non-human) rights covers slavery (house elves), racism (purebloods vs magical humans
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the forward and introduction were oddly self-defeating to the purpose of the book, but the rest was good and some of it, great.
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