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De Tolkien à Rowling: la tentation de l’invisibilité
From Tolkien to Rowling: the Temptation of Invisibility

Author(s): Éric Auriacombe
Subject(s): Cultural Essay
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Tolkien; Frodo; Rowling; Harry Potter; invisibility; pain; death;
Summary/Abstract: The question of invisibility is a common thread shared by J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling, not only because it appears explicitly in their two fictional works, namely The Hobbit (or The Lord of the Rings) and the Harry Potter book series, but also because it can be related to the two heroes’ personalities and families, as well as to the political context of the time they were written. It is a matter of specifying how the authors use invisibility in their respective works’ dynamics and what that means. I propose a nuanced answer highlighting the similarities, but also the differences between the two works. Heroes find themselves in a struggle against the incarnation of Evil. Both of them also make sacrifices in order to figth it.

  • Page Range: 63-72
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish