J.K. Rowling. There are few in the world now who do not know her name. Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series has spawned movies, numerous games, clothing, toy lines, as well as many other items. Her high fan-base has been responsible for the creation of well over 570,000 individual Harry Potter based fan-fiction in several languages, as well as several popular and thriving fan-based websites such as MuggleNet.com and The Leaky Cauldron. All said there is no doubt that her works are popular, even beloved all around the world with very little exception. However when reading Harry Potter, what on the surface seems to be a great children’s story of good versus evil becomes inundated with darker messages when the reader takes the time to look closer and dig deeper. The Harry Potter series contains messages that nearly advocate child endangerment, encourage mistrust in adults, poke fun at slavery, and glorify children being disobedient, and it is for those reasons that J.K. Rowling should be excluded from today’s literary canon as a children’s author.Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is Harry’s mentor throughout the series even beyond the grave. In both physical appearance and personality he appears to be the stereotypical visage of Merlin. He is elderly, wise, genial, vastly intelligent, and highly manipulative. His manipulations can be seen throughout the seven book series. However the following, an adaption of the 33rd chapter of the seventh book shows Professor Snape’s horrified realization of the extent of Dumbledore’s machinations during the entirety of the series:I thought…all those years…that we were protecting him for her. For Lily…You have used me. I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. E…
…es, that despite its popularity and successes, it cannot quite make the leap into literary canon.
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