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Romantic Expectations in Cross-Gender Friendships in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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Abstract

In this paper, I have investigated romantic expectations on cross-gender friendships, what might be the causes and effects of such expectations and how they are portrayed in the novel Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I ask the research question: How do romantic expectations affect the characters ́ (Hermione, Harry, and Ron) friendship and how do romantic expectations affect how the characters are portrayed in the Harry Potter novel Goblet of Fire. I use feminist theory to argue that romantic expectations on the friendship between the characters are created by societal factors such as the newspaper The Daily Prophet and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft. Furthermore, I have shown that romantic expectations have negative effects on the characters' friendship. When the characters are exposed to romantic expectations and gender norms, they ascribe gender-typical characteristics and their social behavior becomes attuned to harmful gender stereotypes. In the conclusion, I also discuss the male bias in the causes and effects of romantic expectations on cross-gender friendship. By discussing the portrayal of the characters, I highlight Rowling and the reader’s romantic expectations on the characters as well the changes required of the characters to fit into the societal norm.

Keywords: Romantic expectations; cross-gender friendship; gender norms; gender stereotypes

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2019. , p. 17
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178766OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178766DiVA, id: diva2:1391368
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Available from: 2020-03-23 Created: 2020-02-04 Last updated: 2020-03-23Bibliographically approved

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