Social Affinity and Sense of Belongingness: A Study on J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
Keywords:Belongingness, Bullying, Social Interaction, Self Assessment.
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone is the first book of the Seven part Harry Potter Series written by J.K.Rowling. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone traces the livelihood of orphaned Harry Potter, who faces difficulty because of bullying and social -rejection during the initial stages of his life. Harry’s life with his guardians â€“ The Dursleys, had always been very hard because, they always treated him with contempt and hostility. The Dursleys hated Harry’s parents who were people with a gifted knack of magic called as Witch and Wizard, who were different from the non-magical people referred to as Muggles. Harry’s affiliation with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry boosted up his morale and Harry felt a sense of belongingness with his new found magical world, which helped him in developing social interactions, thereby enhancing his finesse and flair in magic. The Love and Parental care which Harry received in Hogwarts initiated his transition from being a victimized, naive kid into a daring and chivalrous wizard. This paper, “Social Affinity and Sense of Belongingness : A Study on J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone” tries to explore how Bullying and Social rejection may reflect upon one’s sense of belongingness. It also tries to focus on the necessity of an individual’s need to belong with their peers and their immediate environment to nurture their abilities.