“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore
The Harry Potter books have entertained a generation of young people and adults the world over, but the books are replete with themes of morality and ethics that often go unmentioned in the midst of Pottermania.
As well as the obvious struggle of good versus evil, J.K. Rowling makes clear allusions to racism, xenophobia and autocratic political powers throughout the series. We all know her as a masterful storyteller, but what are the messages that she wanted to convey through the books and how has she affected the worldview of her avid readers and passionate fans?
We are delighted to welcome Dr Martin H Richardson of Durham University, who has published on Harry Potter and education, for an eye-opening talk that promises to unpack Potter from a political perspective and examine just how the Potterverse reflects the world around us.