English and Modern Languages
Master of Arts (MA)
Harry Potter, Lawrence Kohlberg, Moral Development, Moral Education
Children's and Young Adult Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles | Literature in English, North America
Mieden, Tricia, "Choosing a Moral Compass: The Journey towards Moral Maturity in Harry Potter" (2017). Masters Theses. 441.
This thesis examines Harry Potter’s moral development and illustrates how a reader’s involvement with literature complements moral education in the classroom. Using Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of moral development as a guide, this thesis considers how Harry solidifies his moral commitments as he matures and, as a result, becomes more aware of how his moral principles influence his actions. Through an analysis of Harry’s cognitive reasoning, which is evidenced through the narration, readers are able to develop a similar awareness to the ways their moral principles influence their choices