Harry Potter and the Gender Identification Discourse.
The Harry Potter series is arguably the most successful work of literature in the postmodern era (in terms of financial success and mainstream pop culture recognition). To talk about the movies, one has to include the books on which it has been based. Also, the movies do not include the details of the plot- it represents the series of events and are time-bound. The characterization of women in postmodern (popular) media is often in stark contrast to the identities of women inreality.Traditionally, there is an absence of strong female roles in fairy tales and literature. Heilman (2003) in her study on Harry Potter discusses that, as a girl, she had a hard time finding females to relate to because the stories are dominated by male characters. But, in these books, one might notice a plethora of female characters walking hand in hand with the male characters, at least in the school years. They are all one, going through a gruelling process of student-hood, making relations that stay for as long as they live, maintaining loyalty even after they are dead (for death is a major theme in the series, especially in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hereby referred to as Hallows, where it is the central theme, along with friendship). In the movies, on the other hand, we hardly see any female characters, except Hermione Granger or Minerva McGonagall. Although it is a difficult task to identify from the movies, unless you watch them and analyse them thoroughly for hints, you would not know how strong and powerful the witches, the few who are portrayed, are. The Hallows are thorough with characterization as the protagonists have enough of time to reflect on and act upon their sense of identification. For example, Ginny Weasley, earlier was shown as being hardly anything but Ron’s sister and later, Harry’s love interest, is finally portrayed as a strong warrior and a leader to the other Hogwarts rebels, although only in...
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