Analysis Of ' What Would Harry Do? J.k. Rowling And Lawrence Kohlberg 's Theories Of Moral Development

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It is important to note that Rowling lets Harry make mistakes and succumb to the temptation of using the Unforgivable Curses. The key to this honest understanding of how and why Harry makes his decisions comes from Rowling’s ability to create believable situations where Harry makes the believable choice, as Lana A. Whited and M. Katherine Grimes describe in “What Would Harry Do? J.K. Rowling and Lawrence Kohlberg’s Theories of Moral Development”: “Although Harry’s dilemmas involve creatures and settings quite different from the “real” world, Rowling always puts him in the position of deciding between or among quite realistic alternatives […]” (Whited, Grimes 183). Rowling understands her character and has developed the wizarding world so impeccably, that we know what choices are realistic, and which are not. We know that Harry uses the one of the curses as a means of revenge – when he attempts the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange after she kills Sirius Black – but no one is claiming that Harry made the correct choice here – though as Whited explains, the choices Harry is given during war are realistic. However, we see from his reactions later on, and his response to the curses and how they are used, that Harry recognizes his mistakes.
Temptation to use the curses like Sectumsempra and the Cruciatus Curse during a war, which overlook all of Harry’s choices to use forbidden magic within the last three books are all ultimately understood within Church teachings. Whether…

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