Essay on Harry Potter And The Philosopher 's Stone

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In this essay, I will examine the movie “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” and apply theories from the text “Religion: The Basics” to it. Characters from the movie went through a rite of passage, a theory said by Arnold Van Gennep, the theory of what an author is by Foukault and Barthes, the reductionist theory, and the Habitus theory by Pierre Bourdieu, were some of the theories identified in the film. When looking at these particular events in the film, this film essentially underlies how it is important to listen to intuitions when analyzing or being part of situations.
In this film, Harry Potter experiences the three stages of the rite of passage by Arnold Van Gennep. In the first stage, separation, the individual is identified to be symbolically departed from their old self, “the person is detached from the roles and obligations that have been associated with their lives up until that time” (Nye 2008, 146). This stage begins for Harry when Rubeus Hagrid arrives at Harry’s home and convinces Harry to attend the “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. Hagrid informs Harry about his family history, and gets Harry to comply when he says “Best be off”. After Harry realizes that he has the chance to get away from his abusive lifestyle, he leaves with Hagrid to attend Hogwarts. The second stage of Gennep’s theory is liminality. In this stage, participants are in a “threshold” where they are in the transition between their old life and new; it is “about the…

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