An Analysis of the Secondary World in Harry Porter Series from the Perspective of Fantasy Theory

Yuxuan CHANG


Harry Porter series are fantasy literature written by J.K. Rowling and tell the stories of Harry Porter’s growth and the experiences of fighting against the dark forces. The novels have received great attention after publishing and one of the main reasons is that J.K. Rowling successfully creates a secondary world parallel to the primary world. So, this thesis aims to use fantasy theory to analyze the secondary world in Harry Porter series. First, it analyzes the sources of secondary world elements from two aspects, the creation background and European culture. Then, with analysis of its construction methods manifested in space, time, characters and magical items, the thesis tries to analyze the innovation of the secondary world. Finally, the effects of the secondary world in Harry Porter series is explored in detail.


Fantasy literature; The secondary world; Fantastic elements; Construction

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