Title

Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe

RIS ID

78439

Publication Details

McMahon-Coleman, K. & Weaver, R. (2012). Harry Potter and the myriad mothers: the maternal figure as lioness, witch and wardrobe. In C. J. Hallett & P. J. Huey (Eds.), J K Rowling: Harry Potter (pp. 149-162). London: Palgrave.

Abstract

Families are important in the Harry Potter series. Harry's loss of his parents is a key focal point of the narrative, and the series is bookended by scenes that focus on family. Book One begins with Harry's placement as a baby into the Dursley family environment-the opening sentence of the series setting up the issue of families, normality, and belonging-while Book Seven concludes with a scene about the adult Harry's own family with his wife and children. A particular recurring theme is Harry's mother's love that protects and sustains him as he endures many trials and adventures. In this respect, mothering becomes a key concern throughout the series.

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