Harry Potter

Harry Potter Inducted for Literary Canon

The 90’s are known for a variety of things: the Beastie Boys, Mark McGuire, Beanie Babies and best of all Harry Potter. This generation of individuals grew up with the tales of Harry Potter and the Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry’s story has become a standard for young adult reading.   The Harry Potter series of books should be included as part of the literary canon for three important reasons: their popularity, the use of feminist characteristics and their use of a caste system.  

Children who had never picked up a book before found find themselves immersed in the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron were eagerly observed as they submerged themselves in a magical environment enriched by their curiosity, growth and maneuvers through an unknown land. The Harry Potter series created characters that were relatable but also very easy to fall in love and become enamored with.   This was the first time that adults began to pick up the same books as their children to read and actually enjoyed the storyline. Typically, parents “see the phrase YA, and they tend to dismiss the work as disconnected to the literary community (Daniels 2006).” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1997 as the first installment of what would become a seven book series. Librarians were eagerly suggesting this title to students in what seemed like an unending effort to get young people to read.
An entire generation grew up with these books, specifically because the series begins with Harry at fifth grade and continues until his graduation at seventeen. As Harry increases in age so do his experiences. J.K Rowling has created a series that allows reader growth with Harry but also through him. This growth created the first separation between children’s literature and young adult literature citing specific differences between both genres and providing their...