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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Vs The Deathly Hallows: Themes

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The Harry Potter series is a world filled with magic, adventures, and memorable quirky characters. All seven books by J.K. Rowling featuring Harry Potter the young boy wizard with a unique lightening scar and even more remarkable destiny continues to influence and inspire children and adults around the world. Rowling manages to balance humor and darker themes in the children’s books that allows for a wider range of audience to connect with the story. Themes such as death, love, sacrifice, prejudice, and good versus evil are major themes that occur throughout Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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When Potter first arrives to Hogwarts he is again confronted by death when the ghosts of Hogwarts make their appearance “About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall. Pearly-white and slightly transparent, they glided across the room talking to each other” (Rowling 86). The students are able to interact and have conversations with the residing ghosts which Harry does with the resident Gryffindor ghost Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, nicknamed “Nearly Headless Nick” (Rowling 92).
Sacrifice is also a reoccurring theme in both books and can be shown through the iconic friendship between Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger which cannot be considered friendship at first given the boys attitude towards Hermione in the beginning “‘She’s a nightmare, honestly’” (Rowling 127). Their friendship begins to take form with a series of near death experiences that binds them together throughout the first book. During the Halloween feast a troll escapes causing all the students to report back to their dorms to stay out of danger. While...

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