I started reading Harry Potter series in grade 6 (2001) and have been in love with his world ever since.
Im now in 3rd year university and chose to write about Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban for my essay for 20th century children's literature class.
The question is: Location is important in many children’s texts. Choose ONE of the texts from this semester to discuss the significance of location. Feel free to consider the physical attributes of this location, as well its imaginative, thematic, and metaphorical importance.
Well I've written out most of the locations and significance, but I was wondering if you guys could also help me out a little?
Dursley's- move to the spare bedroom rather than the cupboard under the stairs is show of power- they let him have a room out of fear- fear of the unknown/magic/control.
Muggle world- confined/ restricted from doing any magic, the adult world of absolutes, houses like little boxes, in perfect rows , lawns trimmed to perfection,everything is ordinary- humans find comfort in the familiar.
The Leaky Cauldron- Temporary place of staying between worlds- Important things happen here (Prof Querrel and Hagrid- dragon egg, fudge’s meeting with harry etc.)
Diagon Alley- Shopping plaza for wizards, its purpose is to set similarities to the real world. To show economy of the wizarding world. To show status of certain families- put things into perspective (when Ron's inner conflict of feeling less than Harry whenever they go book shopping). This brings fourth the harsh realities of the world.
The Hogwart’s Express- Always gives a foreshadow of whats coming In the following year- (3rd book- Dementors come aboard and Harry passes out).
Hogwarts-A new realm- parallel universe of magic- Children are free to do as they wish and imagination is let loose- you play to your strengths but still abide by certain rules (school rules). There are figures of authority just like in the real 'muggle world. I need to elaborate on Hogwart's significance to the story a lot more so if you guys could help me out here?
Hogsmeade-Coming of age- Shows the characters are developing rather than remaining flat- their age requires them to gain a little more independance and their social life is broadened- they go out to the village on dates- away from monitored halls of school- they go to the bars- and get drinks "that make them feel warm and fuzzy". Hogsmeade also serves the purpose of a hideout that the kids did not know about before- and is a hide-out for Sirius Black (Shrieking Shack)- this has always been here- the marauderers used it to hide out with Lupin when he transformed, but only introduced to the main characters in the third book.
What else could I add?