Re-Reading Through Harry's Glasses: How a Muggle Disability Threatens to Degenerate a Pure Blood World
Milligan, Hannah Renee
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This paper examines issues of disability and degeneration within the Harry Potter series. Through close reading, the author determines that the fantasy world of Harry Potter allows for the creation of a Muggle disability through language. Real disability, wizard disability, and Muggle as disability are explored to prove that the wizarding world is not a utopia without flaws and fear. Ultimately, the paper argues that J.K. Rowling writes her series as a way to warn against the intersection of race and ability that allows for the justification of discrimination and a eugenic mindset.