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Blood Status and Social Stratification
One of the wonderful things about the world of Harry Potter is the seeming lack of racism as we know it in our "muggle" world, but there's still... more 
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Blood Status and Social Stratification
One of the wonderful things about the world of Harry Potter is the seeming lack of racism as we know it in our "muggle" world, but there's still plenty of discrimination. Certain traditionalist wizards and noble families believe that a person's blood status has direct bearing on their value as a human being. Draco crosses a line when he calls Hermione a "filthy mudblood," a slur referring to her non-magical heritage.

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Mon, Dec 9, 2013 12:14 PM EST
When Joanne Rowling first conceived of Harry Potter while waiting for a delayed train, she set into motion the makings of a literary phenomenon that would change lives for years to come. She created more than wizards and witches, spells and cauldrons, magical beasts, and ominous prophecies; she wove a narrative rich with existential inquiry and morals fit for the most timeless of fairy tales. In a world where the definition of personhood isn't so clear-cut, Harry took us on a journey to find out what it really means to be a hero and do the right thing. As he battles dark lords, discrimination, hexes, and exploitation, the readers learn right along with him.
-By Dana Kimmelman


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