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LOCATING MAGICAL REALISM IN HARRY POTTER SERIES

Smitha Santhosh

M.A. Student, Department of English, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

Abstract


Magical Realism or Magic Realism is a genre of fiction that merges magical elements with reality in a way that blurs the edges until seamless characterized by the matter-of-fact enclosure of implausible or mythical elements into ostensibly pragmatic fiction. Magic Realism has been predominant since the 1950s and it is said to be an intermingling of fantasy and reality. It has aspects of dreams and visions, of fantastical creatures. Magic realism could be a twisted sort of reality that has remodeled over the years. It brings together two opposites i.e magic and reality and hence it is used to push boundaries and venture into the unknown. Harry Potter series, written by the contemporary British author J. K. Rowling, has been in the list of bestsellers since its publication. The main idea of this paper analysis is to clarify the mixture of magic with reality as a genre of writing keeping the Harry Potter novels in perspective. This paper analyses Harry Potter series from the perspective of the three universally recognized features of magic realism- the application of unique narrative strategies, the employment of mythological archetypes, and the exposition of social problems.

Keywords


magical realism, fantasy, reality, harry potter, mythological archetypes.

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Smitha Santhosh. (2019). Locating Magical Realism in Harry Potter Series. Sparkling International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Studies, 2(2), 23-28.

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