Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 1–13

Harry Potter and the Terrors of the Toilet

  • Alice Mills


The Harry Potter series focuses upon the toilet as a site for heroic action and a threshold between worlds as well as a more traditional place for boys to be bullied and girls to weep. This article offers a Kristevan reading of the toilets as abject in Harry Potter, and shows how this concept helps us make sense of wider issues within the series, especially Harry’s uneasy relation to the maternal.


Kristeva abjection toilet disgust identity Harry Potter 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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