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J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Is Not Sexually Biased

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J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is NOT Sexually Biased

J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster Harry Potter series contains mystery, suspense, compelling language and colorful imagery, magical feats, and real life concerns. These books have managed to get children of all ages reading in a society dominated by computers, television, and videos. However, there have been several critics that claim these books are sexually biased. From the beginning of the first Potter book, it is boys and men, wizards and sorcerers, who dominate the scenes and determine the action. This alone does not make these books sexually biased.

Christine Schoefer, a freelance writer and concerned parent of three female Harry Potter fans, dissected the books in a brief piece for Salon on January 12, 2000. She claimed that the books are a “fictional realm of magic and wizardry that perfectly mirrors the conventional assumption that men do and should run the world” (Schoefer). J.K. Rowling did not attempt to portray the world as dominated by men. It is true that the Potter books contain more males. So what? Girls as well as boys find likable characteristics to enjoy.

Schoefer claims that Hermione, Harry’s good friend and the female lead, is a goody goody that annoys Harry (Schoefer). However, Hermione is smart, loyal, and a member of Harry’s inner circle. She is the problem solver who guides the boys through many situations. These criticisms against Hermione make her a more complete and interesting character.

Another female character, Ron’s younger sister Ginny, seems to be portrayed as a silly and “stupid little girl” (Rowling 336). Ginny becomes the tool of evil when she takes to writing in a magical diary. For months and months, Ginny confides all her “pitiful worries and woes” (Rowling 309). For example, she wrote that “she didn’t think famous, good, great Harry Potter would...

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