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Becoming Familiar: Witches and Companion Animals in Harry Potter and His Dark Materials

Alternative title Ezra Becoming Familiar Children's Literature

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.

Keywords
children's literature; witches; animals; ethics

Journal
Children's Literature: Volume 47, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Ezra, Elizabeth
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online23/05/2019
Date accepted by journal15/12/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28957
Publisher URLhttp://muse.jhu.edu/journal/214
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