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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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The Supervillain Reader

Siegfried Kracauer

University Press of Mississippi

J.K. Rowling’s Voldemort shows readers a uniquely unusual type of evil seen alongside the pantheon of super-villains we know and love to revile. This essay posits that Voldemort’s unusual evil resides in Rowling’s treatment of the idea of the horcrux and its power to influence Harry, the protagonist of the Harry Potter series, as well as other characters. Building on insights from feminist ethics and moral philosophy, this essay explores Voldemort’s particular evil through its relational effects, beyond the personality and actions of the villain himself.  

Keywords:   J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, Feminism, Evil, relational

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