The wizarding world of Harry Potter has discrimination just like the world we live in. In the Harry Potter movies and book series there is a portion of the wizard population that believes only “pure bloods” should be allowed to practice magic. Pure bloods are individuals who have two magical parent. Those who have 1 or no magical parents are known as “mud bloods'” meaning they have dirty blood. A majority of the wizarding world have no problem with people who aren’t pure bloods. However some people think differently. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter’s best friend doesn’t have any magical parents. However one of their classmates, Draco Malfoy is a pure blood and has been brought up to believe that mud bloods are less than pure bloods. Even though the wizarding world portrayed in these books and movies is far different from our own, they still have a class system and discrimination.

In the second book/ movie Draco Malfoy calls Hermione “a dirty mud blood.” Draco views himself as better than Hermione based on his heritage, his “pure” blood. This belief of his and other members of his community gives him the power to discriminate against those whom, in his eyes, are not as good as he is. In many ways Hermione is better than Draco, she is smarter, kinder, and over all a better wizard than Draco is. Yet for some reason she can be viewed as a lesser person based on simple fact that her parents do not magical parents and his do.

In the last book/movie the government is taken over by Voldemort and his followers. Voldemort is obsessed with taking over the wizarding world. He kills anyone who gets in his way, he is also a member of the group that believes mud bloods are dirty and shouldn’t be allowed to practice magic. Although since Voldemort is a power hungry psychopath he takes his disapproval of mud bloods to a whole other level. We wants to ban any wizard from marrying a muggle (non magical individual) and wants to kill or in prison an mud blood he comes across. In one scene in the final book/ movie Harry, Hermione, and Ron go into the Ministry of magic and see something horrible, a statue of dead mud bloods encased in cement.

Marxism can be defined as a method of socioeconomic analysis, originating from the mid-to-late 19th century works of German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, that analyzes class relations and societal conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and a dialectical view of social transformation. The relationship of pure bloods and mud bloods shows the classist relationship in the wizarding world, mud bloods are less than pure bloods simply based on their parent’s magical abilities. This classist divide shows one of the societal conflicts in the  world of Harry Potter.

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