There's Something About Harry: Call Me Parochial, But Doesn't Hogwarts Seem Jewish?

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author recounts a conversation he had with his wife about the similarities between Harry Potter's world and school, Hogwarts, and the Jewish universe. He explains that if you strip away the magic and the fantasy, the Harry Potter books are really lessons in how to negotiate between your religious and ethnic particularity and the wider, universal world. Jews, the author argues, are experts at this. As well, he discusses the shared focus in both the Jewish world and in Harry Potter's fictional one on pedigree, authenticity and identity.

Topic: Movies, Tradition, Culture, Film, Jewish Identity, Publications, Ethnicity, Identity

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Opinion

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Silow-Carroll, Andrew. There's Something About Harry: Call Me Parochial, But Doesn't Hogwarts Seem Jewish?. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8287


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