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inklings – Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik

Faszination Harry Potter / The Allure of Harry Potter. Symposium 2017 in Aachen


Edited By Dieter Petzold and Klaudia Seibel

«Inklings» nannte sich eine Gruppe von Schriftstellern und Geisteswissenschaftlern in Oxford, deren bekannteste Mitglieder J.R.R. Tolkien und C.S. Lewis waren. Die Inklings-Gesellschaft e.V. widmet sich seit 1983 dem Studium und der Verbreitung der Werke dieser und ihnen nahestehender Autoren sowie der Analyse des Phantastischen in Literatur, Film und Kunst allgemein. Ihre Jahrestagungen werden in Jahrbüchern dokumentiert. Dieser Band enthält zehn Vorträge der Tagung «Faszination Harry Potter», die 2017 in Aachen stattfand, sowie drei weitere Beiträge und zahlreiche Rezensionen.

«Inklings» was the name of a group of Oxford scholars and writers; its best-known members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The German Inklings-Gesellschaft, founded in 1983, is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of the works of these authors and of writers commonly associated with them and to the study of the fantastic in literature, film and the arts in general. The proceedings of the annual Inklings conferences are published in yearbooks. This volume contains ten papers presented at the 2017 conference entitled «The Allure of Harry Potter». In addition, there are three general articles and numerous reviews.

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Family, Contexts and Myths: An Analytical Study of Character Development in the Harry Potter Novels (Mattia Colombu)


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Mattia Colombu

Family, Contexts and Myths

An Analytical Study of Character Development in the Harry Potter Novels

This paper investigates the complex relationship between parents and children in the Harry Potter books, focusing on the main character of the novels, Harry Potter, and his antagonist, Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort. It addresses the issues of the psychological influences a father has on his son, the mechanisms involved in it and the outcomes concerning the two boys. Accordingly, aspects such as the Oedipal complex, castration anxiety, the Laius complex, and resiliency are discussed.

Der Beitrag untersucht das komplexe Verhältnis zwischen Eltern und Kindern in den Harry Potter-Büchern, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Hauptfigur Harry Potter und dessen Gegenspieler Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort. Er beschäftigt sich mit den psychologischen Einflüssen, die ein Vater auf seinen Sohn ausübt, mit den Mechanismen, die dabei ablaufen, und mit dem Ergebnis im Falle der beiden Jungen. Dabei werden auch Begriffe wie Ödipuskomplex, Kastrationsangst, Laiuskomplex und Resilienz angesprochen.

Mythology, literature and psychoanalysis have been used in the history of humankind to give a form to that substrate of our experience that we are normally not aware of but that is always there regardless of whether we notice it or not. One striking case in point is the relationship between parents and their children: a topic that has been treated extensively both in mythology and in psychoanalysis – and, of course, also in...

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