The Muggle Society

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K Rowling tries to
portray the characteristics of the world through her characters and the
secondary world that she creates. In the story, the humans are said to be
muggles, but are portrayed in a demeaning way, and witches are portrayed as
good figures. This shows how humans in the world sometimes act different ways
towards things because of their different attitudes. In the story, the muggles
have characteristics that degrade the human population.

The Dursley family is
portrayed as very mean, selfish, and prejudice towards others. They do not act
nice towards Harry and only care about themselves and their needs. When Harry
asks Uncle Vernon if he could sign his permission form, Uncle Vernon replies by
saying “If, at the end of it, you’ve toed the line and kept to the story, I’ll
sign your ruddy form” (Rowling 21). This shows that Uncle Vernon is only
worried about his needs and how Harry will act towards his guest so he decides
to give into Harry’s wish. This makes a reference to how humans worry about
their own desire, and end up doing anything to fulfill it. Even though Uncle
Vernon hates the fact that he has to do as Harry wishes he is more concerned
with the fact of how Harry will act towards Aunt Marge.

In the story, Aunt Mary
is shown as a muggle who is very prejudice. When she comes over she makes as
many attempts as she can to make Harry’s life miserable. She criticizes every
aspect of Harry. “If there’s something rotten on the inside, there’s nothing
that anyone can do about it” (Rowling 25). This shows that humans are sometimes
prejudicing towards others when they feel insecure about something. Aunt Marge
makes very demeaning comments about Harry without knowing him to make her-self
feel secure.

J.K Rowling demeans
humans through the characteristics that she gives to the muggles. She shows
that human society as a whole is very selfish and self-centered. She also shows
that humans are greedy and can go to any extent to fulfill their wish. Rowling
validates witches and gives them good characteristics to build on the
characteristics that she gives muggles to give a clearer picture about how the
human society behaves as a whole.








J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban. New York: Scholastic,
1999. Print.


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