Republicanism meets (dystopian) faerie: Harry Potter and the institutional disaster



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Gomez Romero, L. (2016). Republicanism meets (dystopian) faerie: Harry Potter and the institutional disaster. In C. E. Sharp and M. Leiboff (Eds.), Cultural Legal Studies: Law's Popular Cultures and the Metamorphosis of Law (pp. 274-295). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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ISBN: 9781315755151


The popular series of novels that conprise the adventurous coming-of-age of a wizard named Harry Potter - the Potter novels - published by Joanne 'Kathleen' Rowling over a period of ten years between 1997 and 2007 function as a source of law. This is the main thesis that underlies this essay and I wish to clearly establish it from the very beginning, but I realise I must begin by clarifying two matters to justify the value and necessity of this claim. First, I need to establish the terms of my claim in the context of the Law and Literature movement. Second, I will justify why the Potter novels provide an exemplary site for this jurisprudential analysis.

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