Prejudice runs rampant in the wizarding world, and metaphor can reveal to us both its sources and its solutions.
House-elves are sometimes problematically seen as a metaphor for American and European slavery, but the brownie myth that inspired this creature reveals a more nuanced story.
Voldemort underestimated the power of house-elves to his own detriment. This is the second article in a three-part series exploring social dynamics in the wizarding world and examines how house-elves are more intelligent and powerful than wizards perceive them to be.
Discrimination within the wizarding world is prevalent. This is the first article in a three-part series exploring social dynamics in the wizarding world and forms a framework for understanding the social hierarchy between wizards and all magical creatures.
Is there a difference between the house-elves in America and Europe? MACUSA might be ahead of the curve on this issue.
The “Harry Potter” books are filled with allegories on racism and politics. This second article in a two-part series discusses how “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has been invaluable in inspiring an entire generation of readers to be politically engaged and stand up against injustice.