“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.

About The Speaker

Martin Richardson

Martin Richardson is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Durham University.  As well as other more conventional topics, he has published extensively on the Harry Potter novels and their role in popular culture.