Some quick notes:
1. This essay assumes you have read the books and seen the movies. If you havent, you will be hella confused.
2. This is a re-write of a research paper I did for a class. Thats why it might seem a little pompous.
3. I did not cite every work as it came up. There is still a Works Cited section at the end. Again, if youve read the books and seen the movies you will know where everything came from.
The Other Side of the Coin:
Defending House Slytherin on Moral Grounds
The Harry Potter series, both the books and the movies, is the best modern pop culture example of simplistic heroic fantasy. It has magic, children who save the day with little or no help from adults, friendship, and, best of all, good, old-fashioned uncomplicated Good vs. Evil. Heres the basic conflict that sets up the series: As part of his bid to rule the wizarding world, Voldemort went to the Potter family house when Harry, the protagonist, was a baby and killed his parents, but