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Dumbledore then hired Lupin as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher years later thus providing him with an opportunity to work. Joining the Order meant he had the opportunity to meet other friends, one of whom became more than a friend but his family. Moony and explains why this bottom picture pulls at so many of our heart strings. She was a single grand mother. In other countries, however this is not so. But the case of Grandma Tonks and other single mother witches shows that the sociological imagination can also be used to analyze and understand whole groups.

They have to do with organization of many such milieux into the institutions of an historical society as a whole. Or maybe the professor just did not teach the material well or maybe she or he accidently messed up programing the scantron grading machine and it mis-graded all the tests. Likewise, if only five students fail, but that happens to be half of all the men in the class, we are not going to look to the students but to the instructor. In addition to Harry Potter examples I used lots of Sex and the City and other really girly examples in class.

As we saw with regard to Lupin, in the wizarding world, werewolves, giants, and other groups are stigmatized and devalued compared to human witches and wizards. Only house elves are enslaved though. When Hermione finds out that the Hogwarts fires are lit, rooms are cleaned, and food is prepared by an entire class of unpaid - i. So she founds an organization, S. As with the first abolitionists in Europe and America, Hermione had trouble convincing anyone, even her two best friends, to join or take an interest in working to free an enslaved people.

They like being enslaved Ron told her GOF Changing it, freeing house elves, would mean they would lose those benefits. Freeing house elves might mean Hogwarts students have to make their own beds, or the school might not be able to afford all gold table ware if they had to pay more staff members. While Hermione wanted house elves to have some wages, vacation days, and pensions, real workers across the country and across and world, while receiving these things, often receive proportionately little such that, while not enslaved, their situation nonetheless constitutes exploitation.

Similarly, the social devaluation of house elves, as beings considered less important than wizards and thus not being allowed to use wands and not having equal political representation, also finds parallel in the ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual orientation stratification that exist in real modern nations. If we can understand why Hermione is shaking a collection can in students faces to raise money for S. This example is a bit different. This is a happy couple who I personally wanted to get to together from that first day before the third Tri-Wizard task when she was eyeing him with that fang earning in his ear.

This example is different because it is a happy one. Mills only talked of troubles, and indeed sociologists are quite often the academic ambulance chasers in that we focus a lot of attention on analyzing social problems. But the sociological imagination can also be used to understand the joys of life. Not race as muggles understand it though.

In the wizarding world there are lots of what muggles would call interracial couples.

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At the Yule Ball held the year Hogwarts hosted the Tri-Wizard Tournament, for example, there were a plethora of what we would call mixed race couples. Among the four Champions, two crossed racial borders in selecting dates. Cedric Diggory, a white wizard, attended with Cho Chang, a Chinese witch.

Harry Potter, a white wizard, secured a last minute date with Parvati Patil, an Indian witch. Glancing around the Great Hall one could see other mixed race couples as well: a black wizard with an Asian witch and another black wizard with a white witch. Ginny and Dean date throughout most of Half Blood Prince.

And years after their Quidditch playing days, Angelina and George Weasley no doubt bonded over mutual grieving at the loss of Fred during the Battle of Hogwarts marry across racial lines. With so many witches and wizards ignoring race in matters of the heart, why do I say that race matters in who gets married in the wizarding world? Not quite. Sociologists define race as a socially constructed category of people who share identified biologically transmitted traits that members of a society consider important, adapted from Macionis While the biologically transmitted traits that muggles have decided are most important relate to outward physical appearance, that is not the biological traits that witches and wizards consider most important.

Magic is. Hagrid and Madame Maxime seemed to eventually establish a nice friendship, but squibs like Mr. Flich and Mrs.

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Figg are both literally lonely cat people. While Mrs. Figg lived in the muggle world, and given that she is called Mrs. Because he is part of the wizard society he would not be comfortable in the Muggle world. On the other hand, because he is NOT a wizard, Filch cannot be fully integrated into the wizard society either. His only companion is a female cat called Mrs. The fact that Squibs are devalued in society is not to say that Bill and Fleur did not love each other.

They absolutely did. We come to our desires because of a profound socialization process Discussing the flip side of oppression, groups which are privilege by society, is one of the hardest lessons for my sociology students. Poverty can seem too large of problem to solve. Trying to stop bullying can seem like a futile effort.

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Getting institutions to change their exclusionary practices can seem like fighting a losing battle; and trying to get folks who have the cards stacked in their favor in one area of life to join you in knocking the cards down so as to create a society in which all enjoy good wages and loving spouses might seem like down right utopian insanity. Seeing the world through a sociological lens is also magnificent though. If we can resist the temptation to fall under the spell of fatalism then, depressing as our new insights often are, they do at least arm us with the knowledge of a way to change.

And while I read Cursed Child the day it came out, I have thus far refrained from mentioning anything about it just in case not everyone has read it. But I will end by making one vague, non-spoiler containing point about Cursed Child. More than any other text in the series Cursed Child shows the necessity of viewing the world through a sociological lens.

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The things that happen to people, their social locations, and how they are viewed, valued, or denigrated by society have a profound impact on the results - the reality - that we see before us. Cursed Child shows this and by so doing is yet another way that Harry Potter is an asset to those wishing to think sociologically. The name field is required. Please enter your name.

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Rowling's books as fiction, but her wizarding world as a "real" society. The Hogwarts house system, Quidditch, internet fan fiction and the lives of our favorite witches and wizards are explored in reference to sociological theories and concepts. Fans of these bestselling books will gain insights into the world of Harry Potter as well as sociology. Sociologists and their students will be intrigued to see everyday tools of the trade working magic in another universe. Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

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