Date of Award

Fall 12-2011

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Jameela Lares

Advisor Department



Scholars have noted that embedded in the plot of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are representations of teaching and learning in and outside of the classroom. In fact, much study has been dedicated to analyzing pedagogical techniques present in the series, some of which studies I will be discussing below. The novels also reflect real problems and issues in the classroom. How people react to the educational process depicted in the text grows out of popularized conceptions or misconceptions of real-world education. Considering that Rowling was an educator before becoming established as a writer, she probably has some ideas of her own about education. These ideas are strengthened by the realism in the text. Though there have already been broad studies that analyze the education in the Harry Potter series, I will focus primarily on the depictions of teaching and learning.