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Casting Your Patronus: The Representation of Mental Processes in Harry Potter Novels

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11:00 AM, Friday 15 Jul 2011 EDT (50 minutes)
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In the Harry Potter novels J. K. Rowling has given us several valuable metaphors for thinking about what goes on inside our heads: Depression (dementors), irrational fears (boggarts), daydreaming (the Mirror of Erised), and other things. For Rowling, these are real. This presentation explores these metaphors. What does Rowling say about her imaginary creature or object? What does modern psychology say about the issue represented by that creature or object? What can we learn and use? And then we'll have some chocolate.

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