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Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe

Chapter


Abstract


  • Families are important in the Harry Potter series. Harry's loss of his

    parents is a key focal point of the narrative, and the series is bookended

    by scenes that focus on family. Book One begins with Harry's

    placement as a baby into the Dursley family environment-the

    opening sentence of the series setting up the issue of families, normality,

    and belonging-while Book Seven concludes with a scene about

    the adult Harry's own family with his wife and children.

    A particular recurring theme is Harry's mother's love that protects

    and sustains him as he endures many trials and adventures. In this

    respect, mothering becomes a key concern throughout the series.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McMahon-Coleman, K. & Weaver, R. (2012). Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe. In C. J. Hallett & P. J. Huey (Eds.), J K Rowling: Harry Potter (pp. 149-162). London: Palgrave.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/aiimpapers/673

Book Title


  • J K Rowling: Harry Potter

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 162

Abstract


  • Families are important in the Harry Potter series. Harry's loss of his

    parents is a key focal point of the narrative, and the series is bookended

    by scenes that focus on family. Book One begins with Harry's

    placement as a baby into the Dursley family environment-the

    opening sentence of the series setting up the issue of families, normality,

    and belonging-while Book Seven concludes with a scene about

    the adult Harry's own family with his wife and children.

    A particular recurring theme is Harry's mother's love that protects

    and sustains him as he endures many trials and adventures. In this

    respect, mothering becomes a key concern throughout the series.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McMahon-Coleman, K. & Weaver, R. (2012). Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe. In C. J. Hallett & P. J. Huey (Eds.), J K Rowling: Harry Potter (pp. 149-162). London: Palgrave.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/aiimpapers/673

Book Title


  • J K Rowling: Harry Potter

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 162