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A trinity of choices: A theoretical analysis of the Harry Potter series

This thesis is concerned with analyzing the characters of Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, and Professor Severus Snape from the sensational children's book series, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling through the perspective of literary and critical theory. Although I explain and expand upon the underlying connection between these three characters, who ultimately create a trinity of sorts within the books, I focus mostly on evaluating each character as an individual, as well as within the trinity, through theories of gender, identity formation and development, sexuality, hybridity, language, psychoanalysis, abjection, and others. These theories are described not only as they pertain to the specific characters, but are contextualized in the larger scope of the novels, touching upon lucid central issues as well as veiled trivial issues.

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