Poster or Presentation Title

Harry Potter: An International Phenomena

Student Author Information

Meagan CampbellFollow

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

Most people living in today’s world know the story of Harry Potter and his two best friends who eventually triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort. It is a story that has been massively successful since the first book’s publication in 1997, and its worldwide popularity has only grown since with translations in eighty different languages, and over 500 million copies sold in at least thirty nine countries (Pottermore). This paper analyzes the values promoted throughout the series and the values held by fans in order to understand why Harry Potter is popular across cultures. Eight values were identified--love, happiness, individuality, knowledge, bravery, achievement, morality, and integrity--that are evident in Harry Potter and among its fans. Each value is a universal value, suggesting that Harry Potter is popular across cultures because its values align with values held by individuals across the world, thus transcending cultural boundaries.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jorgensen-Earp

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Harry Potter: An International Phenomena

Most people living in today’s world know the story of Harry Potter and his two best friends who eventually triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort. It is a story that has been massively successful since the first book’s publication in 1997, and its worldwide popularity has only grown since with translations in eighty different languages, and over 500 million copies sold in at least thirty nine countries (Pottermore). This paper analyzes the values promoted throughout the series and the values held by fans in order to understand why Harry Potter is popular across cultures. Eight values were identified--love, happiness, individuality, knowledge, bravery, achievement, morality, and integrity--that are evident in Harry Potter and among its fans. Each value is a universal value, suggesting that Harry Potter is popular across cultures because its values align with values held by individuals across the world, thus transcending cultural boundaries.