The old English major in me

Loves stuff like this.  Many a master's thesis could come from these. By Emily Temple, writing in The Atlantic. 

Hogwarts Is in Your Head, Harry: Conspiracy Theories About Literature
Hogwarts was all in Harry Potter’s head. 
I stumbled across this one over at Cracked, where Karl Smallwood lays out the theory. Namely that Harry was an abused child who coped by escaping into a fantasy world, and turning all his real-life injuries into magical ones (Harry is sent to the infirmary six times over the series). This also, Smallwood notes, helps shore up all the plot holes inherent in Rowling’s world—that’s just Harry’s abused but growing mind trying to fit it all together.

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