ERIC Number: EJ732479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Harry Potter and the Terrors of the Toilet
Children's Literature in Education, v37 n1 p1-13 Mar 2006
The Harry Potter series focuses upon the toilet as a site for heroic action and a threshold between worlds as well as a more traditional place for boys to be bullied and girls to weep. This article offers a Kristevan reading of the toilets as abject in Harry Potter, and shows how this concept helps us make sense of wider issues within the series, especially Harry's uneasy relation to the maternal.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fantasy, Novels, Literary Criticism, Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Context Effect, Sanitary Facilities, Figurative Language
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