An Open Seminar from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
17:00 - 18:30
Margaret Rustin and Micheal Rustin, The Tavistock Clinic
Lectures, talks and seminars
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
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While J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories might seem to be merely fantastic, with their cast of wizards, witches, Dark Lords, and magical spells, our suggestion is that they have a serious emotional core, and that it is this as much as their powerful elements of fantasy that explain why children become so deeply involved with them.
It is significant that Harry Potter, and several other major characters in the stories, have extremely troubled childhood histories. We shall suggest that the stories represent ways in which the difficulties arising from such histories are experienced in the inner worlds of these characters, and that the stories can be understood as imaginative representations of different kinds of childhood and adolescent development.