Citation Ezra E (2019) Becoming Familiar: Witches and Companion Animals in Harry Potter and His Dark Materials [Ezra Becoming Familiar Children's Literature]. Children's Literature, 47 (1), pp. 175-196. http://muse.jhu.edu/journal/214; https://doi.org/10.1353/chl.2019.0009
Abstract This essay reads the relationship between witches and their companion animals in Harry Potter (specifically, cats) and His Dark Materials (birds) as allegories of social relations based, respectively, on identification and alterity. The ethical implications of these allegories are considered in the context of these works and beyond.