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Abstract

In her Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling created a complicated society in which wizards are judged by the purity of their blood. This paper posits that J. K. Rowling was inspired by real-world events when writing the Harry Potter series, especially the Salem witchcraft trials of Puritan New England. Though the main theme of this series rests in the battle between good and evil, racism and prejudice are strongly demonstrated in Rowling’s books. The current study examines the connection between the Wizarding society created by Rowling and the Puritan society in Salem. Even though it is a fictional magical society, the way the author presents the conflict between different races in her Wizarding World mirrors real-life events in the Puritan society. This article aims to connect the Wizarding World with Puritan society in relation to racism, gender, and classism. It also aims to demonstrate that this magical place is not so fictional in any case.