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The discovery of a magical world can be exciting, as it was for the siblings who discovered Narnia, or it can be a series of horror, pain, evil deeds and death as it was for Harry Potter and his companions. This essay will examine C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The works will be compared and contrasted and viewed from different perspectives.
The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter share a common theme of magic, secondary worlds and battles between the forces of good and evil. The constant battle between good and evil is displayed in various ways as is the notion of death and grief. The use of a secondary world to enchant the reader creates a new exciting world filled with opportunity and an escape from reality. Since its publication the Harry Potter series has had some intense reactions as a result of the use of evil magic and relatable surroundings in the novels. The series has been criticized by religious groups, mainly Christians. The series has been seen as occult literature and going against the word of God and therefore not suitable for children, whereas the Chronicles of Narnia have not had the same criticism and are considered to be acceptable literature for children. What displeases many readers about Harry Potter is the fact that the secondary world is familiar to the primary world and therefore not an escape. The use of magic in Harry Potter is both accessible in the primary world and the secondary, while in Narnia it is only accessible in the secondary world and therefore the magic there is seen as pure and natural.
This essay will perceive the notion that magic can be classified as only good or bad, and how the struggle protagonist face in fantasy novels affects the readers in a positive way.
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