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    http://www.mtsu.edu/~proffice/Todays_Response/TR2003/07_Jul/tr0701.html In the Harry Potter novels, JK Rowling weaves a fantasy tale from issues and problems
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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.


      Diamond Proudbrook


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