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A Story Of The Exceptional: Fate And Free Will In The Harry Potter Series

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A Story of the Exceptional: Fate and Free Will in the Harry Potter Series

Dr. Julia Pond, is an Assistant Professor of English at Shorter University. She received her Ph.D. from Illinois State University in 2012. She currently teaches several classes in Children’s Literature, and several of her classes focus on topics that are pertinent to educating the young and middle-grade children. She has several published articles and is well recognized in her field. In her article, “A Story of the Exceptional: Fate and Free Will in the Harry Potter Series”, she addresses Friedrich Nietzche’s fate and free will philosophy, and using the Harry Potter books, she argues that Rowling allows her ...view middle of the document...

Even to someone who knows little about the storyline, she opened Harry Potter’s world to me with its deeper connection to classical theory and philosophy as well as mysticism and spells. Her example of Harry’s struggle in finding out about the prophecy and the acceptance of his destiny is the pure essence of fate. In bringing Nietzche’s philosophies into the paper, I began to think of other great people whose lives were also manipulated due to their predetermined future. In his book, Siddhartha, author Hermann Hesse speaks of a young man who lives in a prison designed by family and honor, when his heart yearned to fly freely. The pharaohs and kings, and in a more modern society, Prince William and Prince Charles are also examples of this type of life. Is it a predetermined fate which some are born into, and if so, who decides?
For the purpose of this essay, I would like to support my opinions with a book I recently read called, Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. While I originally thought a book like Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit or Charlotte’s Web might be pertinent for this paper, I found in reading Ms. Draper’s book that the main character of Melody is a better example of free will and fate. Melody is trapped in a body that is not useful to her, and yet her mind is awesome. Was she predestined to be challenged with Cerebral Palsy? If it was her destiny, would she just accept it and not reach the potential to be the brilliant young woman as portrayed in this book? It was free will that kept her focused on living a meaningful life and not to accept the fate that life had dealt her. The book itself is an example of the balance of both fate and free will in that it begins and ends the same words. ...

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