ByMeghann Elisa, writer at
'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?'
Meghann Elisa

There are tons of Harry Potter theories floating around on Reddit, and while some are absolutely believable, others are absolutely not. Among the solid speculation and silly suggestions alike, there are actually some real gems hidden deep within the threads, noting some of the more obvious but no less profound observations that can be made about the Wizarding World.

This Reddit user, who has since deleted their profile, realized what is arguably one of the coolest things about the Harry Potter franchise.

And he has a point. Using creative analogies and fantasy elements, J. K. pretty much turned the whole issue of discrimination on its head.

"There's no racism, sexism or sexual preference discrimination by any characters. There's never any big deal made about it in the books nor is it ever commented on by any of the characters."

J. K. appoints a woman as headmistress and a black man as the head of the government, and does so without the slightest acknowledgement of the racism or sexism that might be encountered in the real world. She refuses to legitimize any prejudiced belief — something which is especially important for younger readers who do not innately discriminate against others, rather it is something that they learn.

"No parent is going to tell their child that they can't read Harry Potter because it promotes equal rights for elves."

J. K. chooses instead to touch on the subject more subtly, using fictional concepts like blood status and werewolves. Watch Hermione fight back in one of the most memorable scenes from the movies below:

Her use of fantasy elements is an incredibly clever way to teach lessons of tolerance and equality through an unbiased medium that is relatable to everybody.

The underlying message throughout the series is that even if somebody is born into a disadvantaged background, what's truly important is what they choose to make of their situation. Take Lupin and Greyback for instance; both are subjected to the same condition but go in completely different directions.

J. K. has drawn plenty of parallels between discrimination in the Wizarding World and the real world herself:

The beauty of all of this is that anybody only need take what they like (or need) from the creative analogies and symbolism. Nobody is singled out, nobody is alienated and although the series is political without doubt, there is no specific political agenda. Whatever your stance, I think on one thing we can all agree...

What did you learn from Harry Potter?


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