Social Problems In Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

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In 1997, nobody knew that the new book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone by J.K. Rowling would change society forever. The first edition was rejected by twelve publishers until Bloomsbury Publishing paid her £1,500, equivalent to $2,247.93 in the United States. Now Rowling herself has a net worth of one-billion dollars and the Harry Potter brand is said to be worth about fifteen-billion dollars (“J.K. Rowling Net Worth”)! The topics that Rowling wrote about caused her readers to think about certain social issues and caused the world to make Harry Potter a household name.
The Harry Potter books and movies have made millions of dollars. In 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone made $11,719,111 in both hardback and
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Discrimination was a huge factor in the wizarding world. A well known example of this is Dobby the House Elf. Dobby was owned by the House of Malfoy. The beatings that were inflicted upon Dobby were brutal. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sirius Black quoted “‘If you want to know what a man 's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals’” (If You Want to Know). Looking at this quote, you can infer that if the Malfoy’s discriminate against a house elf, they could easily discriminate against the non-pureblood community. Luckily, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby was freed from the Malfoy’s when he was presented with clothing by Lucius Malfoy. Though Malfoy did not intend to present Dobby with the sock that freed him, Dobby was now at liberty to find employment on his own. Although some house elves were treated as slaves, the ones at Hogwarts were proof that some enjoyed their job and were treated well. Another obvious example of discrimination came with the rise of Lord Voldemort. His rise led to a rise in social discrimination. Voldemort’s goal was to rid the wizarding world of muggleborn wizards, also known as mudbloods by those who looked down upon them, and keep magical blood pure. Witches and wizards were sometimes known as muggleborns, someone born to two non magical parents; half bloods, someone born to one non magical and one magical parent; or purebloods, someone whose parents were both magical. These examples of discrimination are similar to events that the world has faced before and continues to face. Rowling also pointed out other issues that were looked down upon by

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