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1 The theme of xenophobia in J. K. Rowling’s fixion series ‘Harry Potter’

2 The object: xenophobia. The purpose: to draw attention to this problem and retrace how it is revealed in the contemporary British literature. The main tasks: to determine the term “xenophobia”; to determine the term “xenophobia”; to study the history of this phenomena in Britain; to study the history of this phenomena in Britain; to study the way a modern British author tells us about this problem in her books (symbols, characters, allusions). to study the way a modern British author tells us about this problem in her books (symbols, characters, allusions).

3 The methods of research: the method of study of documents (educational and scientific literature, dictionaries); the method of study of documents (educational and scientific literature, dictionaries); literary analysis of the fiction series by J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter”; literary analysis of the fiction series by J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter”; the usage of Internet; the usage of Internet; public opinion poll. public opinion poll.

4 Xenophobia is a fear or contempt of that which is foreign or unknown, especially of strangers or foreign people. It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "foreigner," "stranger," and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear." The term is typically used to describe fear or dislike of foreigners or in general of people different from oneself.

5 Objects of xenophobia Cultural elements Population group

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7 Race discrimination Race discrimination Age discrimination Age discrimination Gender discrimination Gender discrimination Disability discrimination Disability discrimination Language discrimination Language discrimination Types of discrimination:

8 The UK is a multicultural, multireligious and multinational country.

9 ‘The White Man’s Burden’ by Rudyard Kipling Твой жребий – Бремя Белых! Как в изгнанье, пошли Своих сыновей на службу Темным сынам земли; На каторжную работу, Нету ее лютей, - Править тупой толпою То дьяволов, то детей. (Перевод В. Топорова) (Перевод В. Топорова) Take up the White Man's burden Send forth the best ye breed Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child.

10 J. K. Rowling is a British writer and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. J. K. Rowling is a British writer and author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

11 Public opinion poll

12 Public opinion poll

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14 Race, religious and national discrimination are absent in the magical world…

15 The Dursleys

16 Pureblood magicians

17 Arthur Weasley Pureblood magicians

18 Mudblood Half-blood Pureblood magicians The discrimination ideas are the bases of Death Eaters’ ideology. The Death Eaters seek the total destruction of Muggle roots. Prejudice and discrimination in the Wizard world in some cases deep-rooted to the level of apartheid. Death Eaters

19 Squib is the term applied to a child born of magical parents but possessing no magical ability. Squibs are encouraged to integrate into the Muggle world, which is "much kinder" than keeping them in the magical world, where they will always be "second-class" – disabled.

20 Daughter of two British dentists.The most talented student of Hogwarts.Was brought up in the modern British society which has admitted the necessity of multicultural and national tolerance Hermione Granger She cares so much about the exploitation of elves. She created the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, or S.P.E.W. M u d b l o o d

21 Magic Races

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24 Here lies Dobby a Free Elf

25 The Battle at Hogwarts

26 To my mind J.K. Rowling managed to express the appeal for necessity of respect to “the alien” and acknowledgement of their being unique. We can’t force people assimilate with the majority, we should value the cultural diversity of our world and cherish individuality.

27 Thank you for your attention!


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