Two Worlds Essay

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Two Worlds Throughout the novels by J.K. Rowling Harry is caught between two worlds. Harry's survival and growth depend on his ability to effectively transmute the world of wizardry and the mortality of man. Harry faces conflicts with this commuting and it can effectively be related to author, J.K. Rowling. Her own life reflects the luster of a fairy tale. Facing the reality of divorce and having to care for a young child, Rowling creates the mystical, magical world of Harry Potter in order to survive psychologically and ultimately financially. Suddenly thrust into a world of single parenthood and divorce Rowling's personal situation presents the opportunity for her to face her own mortality and allows her to create a fantasy world where she could escape the harsh reality of her current life. Rowling focuses her energy on creating characters that must survive in two worlds, much the same as she has to. She readily admits, "it was Harry Potter that rescued her". (Harry Potter) As a result, Harry's adventures and developing relationships help nurture his survival and growth throughout the novels. Harry Potter lives with his appointed guardians, his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley. Harry is trapped in this tumultuous home where he is viewed as an outsider, a weirdo, a freak. He was led to believe by the Dursleys that his parents' tragic death was a result of a car accident. In actuality his parents' death was the work of Lord Voldemort, an evil power. Harry's conflict starts at this point. After living with the Dursleys for a period of ten years he still never understood why he kept making odd things happen without meaning to do so.(Rowling, Chambe,r p.4) The Dursleys have trapped Harry in this world of unknowing and mystery due to their resentment of knowing what the wizard world can do. To the Dursleys, Harry serves as a constant reminder of the "freakish" world that his parents existed in. Therefore, Harry is treated like a caged animal. The Dursleys lock him in his room and bar his windows as to not disturb their muggle guests with his emerging magical powers. This is just the beginning of the adventure for Harry, for there is another world yet to encounter. Harry's suspicion that he is not normal is confirmed when he is contacted by a gentle giant, Hagrid. Harry's knowledge that he is a wizard opened the door for his escape out of the present hellish atmosphere that the Dursleys have so kindly provided for him. He travels to the land of wizards via the Hogwarts Express. Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry provides a safe haven for Harry to explore this world like no other he has witnessed. This world can be described as a secretive parallel "universe" to the muggle (human) world. Even though both exist in the same world they coincide in ways that cause controversy. According to Edward Edinger in Anatomy of the Psyche: Psychologically, the result of separatio by the division of two is awareness of...

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