In To Kill a Mockingbird, the legal system of the south is shown to be very prejudiced and it is almost impossible to receive a fair trial. This is shown through Tom Robinson’s case not one person, with the exception of Jem who is inexperienced in life, believes that Tom Robinson stands a chance in court against a white woman. Atticus himself has no hope of winning the case and when he is asked by Scout if he think they will win he replies, “No, honey” (Lee, 76). The legal system in the book is clearly shown to favor the white people, the ones that are considered of “higher” status in society. This situation is similar to that of the legal system of the Harry Potter series in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The muggleborns in the wizarding world were rounded up and persecuted. They were not given a fair trial and their guilt of “stealing magic” was assumed before they even properly conduct a hearing, “Wands only choose witches or wizards. You are not a witch” (Rowling, 214).
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