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Women as Witches: The Transformation of the Stereotype in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” and Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters”


Authors:
Tsvetelin Lisaev Medical University – Pleven

Pages: 97-100
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54664/UQYY3998

Abstract:

This article explores some of the aspects of the ‘women-as-witches’ stereotype in the literary works of J. K. Rowling and Terry Pratchett, while focusing on both the subversion of the stereotype and its reinforcement. The focus of my work is on the depiction of this type of gender profiling in a fantastic setting and imagined societies, while drawing a parallel with the real world. I first focus on a brief outline of the historical and cultural significance of the stereotype, followed by a discussion of its literary aspects in J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series and Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters” novel.

Keywords:

J. K. Rowling; Terry Pratchett; gender; stereotype; witches

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