• Lycanthropy as HIV-AIDS- Lycanthropy which is a term used for mythical transformation of a person into a werewolf was used as a representation of HIV positive people. In the series, it is shown that werewolves were shunned by most of the magical society and considered as lesser beings. Difficulty in getting jobs and constant hatred from people made their lives full of misery. This was actually the depiction of people infected with Human immunodeficiency virus and the social boycott they face owing to the misconceptions and myths about the disease. Remus J. Lupin the character written as a werewolf found acceptance in a few good people but still faced discrimination on such grounds. Rowling set a very good example for the readers to follow.
  • Orphans of war: War never does anyone any good, the devastation it brings along rips apart a lot of families and Rowling represented the lead character, Harry Potter as an orphan of war. The first wizarding war resulted in the death of Harry’s parents James and Lily Potter while the second wizarding war portrays Theodor Lupin (Teddy) son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks as an example of what war does to the world.
  • Lord Voldemort as Hitler: One of the most famous antagonists of all time, Lord Voldemort aka Tom Riddle was written in the shadow of none other than Adolf Hitler. Hiter’s merciless pursuits during the second world war resulted in the death of millions of innocent Jews. Lord Voldemort’s hatred for muggle-born wizards was a representation of holocaust.
  • Discrimination against Muggle-borns– Harry Potter gives a perfect representation of how we humans hold prejudices against some people based on differences in social and birth statuses. How a certain community can consider itself better than another based on these differences. This discrimination against Muggle-borns is nothing but a mirror of the society we live in.