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While J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories might seem to be merely fantastic, with their cast of wizards, witches, Dark Lords, and magical spells, our suggestion is that they have a serious emotional core, and that it is this as much as their powerful elements of fantasy that explain why children become so deeply involved with them. It is significant that Harry Potter, and several other major characters in the stories, have extremely troubled childhood histories.

We shall suggest that the stories represent ways in which the difficulties arising from such histories are experienced in the inner worlds of these characters, and that the stories can be understood as imaginative representations of different kinds of childhood and adolescent development.

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Margaret Rustin is a Child Psychotherapist and Child Analyst who has worked at the Tavistock Clinic throughout her career. Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock and at the University of Essex. They are joint authors of Narratives of Love and Loss: Studies in Modern Children's Fiction, and of Mirror to Nature; Drama Psychoanalysis, and Society, among their many other writings. Their talk will be illustrated with excerpts from the Harry Potter films.

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