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Perspective, Memory, and Moral Authority: The Legacy of Jane Austen in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter

From: Children's Literature
Volume 35, 2007
pp. 145-165 | 10.1353/chl.2007.0021


Like her favorite author Jane Austen, Rowling uses a third-person limited omniscient point of view to demonstrate the necessity of perspective and sympathy for moral growth. For Rowling, as for Austen, moral authority depends upon knowing the self in relation to others; this knowledge allows moral agency in the future.