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Harry Potter in the Age of Activism: Why S.P.E.W. Failed and Dumbledore’s Army Thrived

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12:45 PM, Friday 11 Oct 2019 EDT (1 hour)
Seaport World Trade Center - Waterfront Ballroom
Constant VigilanceThe Muggle World
More recently in the Muggle world, activism and social movements have played a major role in our everyday lives. When examining the wizarding world, the Harry Potter series provides two great examples of activism movements, one a failure and the other a success. Within this presentation, we will explore the activism strategies of both S.P.E.W. and Dumbledore’s Army, challenge the personal and wide-spread relevance each movement had within the wizarding world, and compare these lessons to the activism movements we see today.

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