The Diffusion of Gothic Conventions in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003/2007)

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Details zur Publikation

Autorinnen und Autoren: Gruß S
Herausgeber: Berndt Katrin, Steveker Lena
Titel Sammelwerk: Heroism in the Harry Potter Series
Verlag: Ashgate
Verlagsort: Farnham
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2011
Seitenbereich: 39-53
Sprache: Englisch


Abstract


In his seminal The Literature of Terror (1980), David Punter defines the Gothic novel as a genre that is characterised by “an emphasis on portraying the terrifying […], a prominent use of the supernatural, the presence of highly stereotyped characters and the attempt to deploy and perfect techniques of literary suspense”. It is quite obvious that Jeanne K. Rowling has generously borrowed from the Gothic tradition in her Harry Potter-novels – and despite the fact that Hogwarts is a more benevolent place than most Gothic castles, it does have moving staircases and ‘chambers of secret’. This essay focuses on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003/2007) and argues that many aspects of Rowling's adaptation of the Gothic culminate in this novel/film for the first time. The Potter-universe is strongly reminiscent of the female Gothic romance coined by Radcliffe – the Potters' dark family secrets, Harry's own fights for his moral integrity (and that of his father), the stress on the isolation of the hero(ine), and the existence of Voldemort as a threatening, transgressive male (and possibly father-figure). Even the explained supernatural is given a new twist in the presentation of magic as a skill that has to be acquired. At the same time, in their transgressions of social taboos, characters like Voldemort and Snape seem to be taken directly from the male Gothic tradition of the excessive male. I point out how both novel and film rework and combine several strands taken from the Gothic tradition.



FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Gruß, Susanne Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


Forschungsbereiche

Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft
Weitere Forschung am Lehrstuhl: Literatur, Medien, Transfer
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft


Zitierweisen

APA:
Gruß, S. (2011). The Diffusion of Gothic Conventions in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003/2007). In Berndt Katrin, Steveker Lena (Eds.), Heroism in the Harry Potter Series. (pp. 39-53). Farnham: Ashgate.

MLA:
Gruß, Susanne. "The Diffusion of Gothic Conventions in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003/2007)." Heroism in the Harry Potter Series. Ed. Berndt Katrin, Steveker Lena, Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. 39-53.

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