M.A. in School and Public Librarianship
Special Educational Services/Instruction
College of Education
Rowling, J. K.--Characters--Harry Potter; Young adult fiction in libraries
Library and Information Science
The purpose of this study was to develop and test a method of Reader's Advisory based on archetypal character analysis in place of genre, author, or mood advisory. The study used J. K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter fiction series as a base for developing this strategy. After identifying four character archetypes in the Harry Potter series, the researcher consulted Bowker's Fiction Connection database to find other award winning young adult fiction that contained at least two of the archetypes identified in the Harry Potter series. Upon identifying ten novels that fit the criteria, the researcher read and analyzed each of the novels to see if they did, indeed, contain archetypes similar to ones found in the Rowling series. Of the ten young adult novels, eight were found to meet the established criteria.
Hatton, Patricia C., "Life after Harry: creating a reader's advisory model based on the literary archetypes of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 775.