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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling is a childrens novel about a young boy Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts a school for wizards and witches The novel is filled with humorous tales of exciting escapades in and around the school There are many characters in the novel and they do not always get along well They make fun of each other and judge each other by a certain set of standards Some of these standards include wealth intelligence family and athletic ability These are all superficial ways of judging people Being a childrens author Rowling shows her readers other more important ways of categorizing others through less apparent methods These true values that she emphasizes are judging others by their character and heartThe false values by which children judge each other are more blatant in the novel because they are illustrated through conversation instead of actions The main ways that they judge each other are financial status family background Muggle or wizard house affiliation intelligence and athletic ability Almost every character has some good values and some bad values in the novel By illustrating the characters with faults Rowling makes them more realistic and believable The first skin deep value used to measure the status of a character is money Just as in the real world some people have more money than others One character that seems to be very well off in the wizard world is Draco Malfoy He has all of the newest and nicest books and school supplies on the first day His owl is of the nicest breed When the students receive mail at meals Malfoy frequently receives packages of goodies from his family and he is not humble about it He is quite a contrast to Ron Weasley and his family Ron comes from a poor family Everything he brings to school with him seems to be a hand-me-down Ron says you never get anything
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