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In the Harry Potter novels, JK Rowling weaves a fantasy tale from issues and
problems in the real world, says Dr. Ted Sherman, associate professor of
English and expert on fantasy and early-medieval literature. "Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix, though set in the wizarding world, serves as a mirror of
the real world; although the reflection is not perfect--after all, who among
us has really ridden a thestral?--it accurately shows, as J.R.R. Tolkien
suggested all fantasy must, 'that things are so in the world as it appears under
the sun.'" That is, true fantasy must recognize that the problems of the world
are real and consequential, he adds.
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