Harry Potter comparison essay
JK Rowling had an intention of making the characters in The Harry Potter series grow up with the audience. While watching the films The Philosopher's Stone and The Half-Blood Prince we see that the characters and in particular Harry grow up cognitively, morally and psychosocially. There are many changes from when they are eleven years old to when they are seventeen years old and we see this through the choices they make, their attitudes and behaviour towards the concequences of a situtions, and their relationships with each other.
Younger children are at the formal operations stage of cognitive development, but as they get older and grow into the adult years there are changes in how the person learns how to effectively use their adult-like cognitive skills. This is evident when we look at Harry Potter's problem solving from The Philosopher's Stone to The Half- Blood Prince. In The Philosopher's Stone Harry and his friends just go along with what Dumbledore says, they believe that everything he says is true, they also think there is one answer to every problem. An example of this is when they assume that Snape was the one trying to steal the Stone, they did not think of any other suspects. The target audience can relate to this because they too assume by the way people are acting and do not think about any other suspects. Furthermore in The Half -Blood Prince when they have grown up to fifteen or sixteen years old there are more choices to make and things are not so straight forward. Dumbledore does not tell them what to do anymore, there are more answers than just one assumption. An example of this is when they are trying to find out who The Half- Blood Prince is,