Essay: The Meaning and Role of Death in Harry Potter

‘It was over, he knew it, and all that was left was the thing itself: dying.’

Throughout Harry Potter’s life, the shadow of death hangs over him, a knife point dangling by a thread above his lightning-shaped scar, separating past and future. From the very beginning, we see the motif represented as something both unavoidable and yet not something to be feared. Luna insists that she will see her mother again sometime, and Sirius reassures Harry that it is ‘quicker and easier than falling asleep’. Rowling, through Dumbledore, repeatedly expresses the idea that ‘there are worse things than death’, and that the denial or betrayal of love can leave a person in a worse place than even their own destruction.

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Special Interest: Choosing the Right Books

One of the most terrible tragedies in this world for a bookworm is that there are always more books. Always that knowledge that for every novel you read, there are a thousand others being published that very moment. And while the selection and introduction of your newest read to your overflowing bookshelf is a thing of exhilaration and anticipation, how does one get to such a situation?

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