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Themes And Rhetorical Devices Of Harry Potter

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An important rhetorical device that appears throughout the entire Harry Potter series is symbolism. There are many names and items that stand for something else and many are introduced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. First, Harry’s scar represents the true love parents have for their children and how they are willing to do anything, including being killed, in order to save them. Next, the Mirror of Erised shows a person their truest desires and everything he or she would want in life. Thirdly, each wizard’s wand is representative of his or her character and personality and if the improper one is used, terrible events will occur. Finally, the names of the founders of the four ...view middle of the document...

Therefore, as Harry’s parents died when he was an infant, he sees both of them in the mirror, smiling back at him. He continued to return nightly in order for him to attempt to spend time with his parents and make him feel as if he is not an orphan, but realized he had to come to terms with their death and what he sees is not actually reality (LeFebvre). However, Albus Dumbledore stated that “men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it show is real or even possible” (Rowling 213). This often occurs in real life, where people dream about doing something that they confuse it with the truth, although it is a sign of a mental illness such as schizophrenia (Landeau).
A third symbol in the first Harry Potter novel is the wand of every wizard. Each is an extension of the person and there are none that are exactly the same, just like the human race. They represent a person’s unique character and personality and the damage that can be done when pretending to be a different person. Mr. Ollivander, the wand creator, stated that “no two Ollivander wands are the same, just as no two unicorns, dragons, or phoenixes are quite the same. And of course, you will never get such good results with another wizard’s wand” (Rowling 84), which reiterates the above points. J.K. Rowling has also said “holly has certain connotations that were perfect for Harry… European tradition has it that the holly tree repels evil, while yew, which can achieve astonishing longevity… can symbolize both death and resurrection; the sap is also poisonous” (Art and Science). This shows the true importance of picking a wand to fit a person’s real personality and character, much like the significance of not acting a certain way to impress a person or obtain something that is desired.
The final symbol in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the naming of the four Hogwarts Houses. Each represents the type of person who is destined to live there and was founded by people with those specific traits. First, Gryffindor contains members who are “brave and daring” and represented by a lion, such as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. The second house, made up of cunning and sly students like Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort, is Slytherin, whose mascot is a snake. Next, the Hufflepuff house is symbolized by the badger and contains students such as Cedric Diggory and Justin Finch-Fletchley. Finally, Cho Chang and Padma Patil of Ravenclaw are signified by the wise and witty badger (Schafer 92-94). The Sorting Hat examines a person’s mind and determines, based on character qualities, which houses they are best represented by. It states in song that “there’s nothing hidden in your head/The Sorting Hat can’t see,/So try me on and I will tell you/Where you ought to be” (Rowling 117), showing how you can’t hide your true self.
A second rhetorical device that Rowling uses throughout the Harry Potter series is foreshadowing....

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