Harry Potter's 'Phoenix' is perfect symbol of adolescence

  June 13, 2003 at 2:27 AM ET
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As Harry Potter's original fans move into their teen years, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix invokes a powerful symbol of adolescence and rebirth, said Gettysburg College English Prof. Christopher R. Fee, co-author of Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britainopens in new window.

"The phoenix and its rebirth provide the perfect metaphor for adolescence," said Fee. "Adolescence is the crucible wherein we are transformed from children into adults and wherein we find our true talents. Likewise, the phoenix is reborn through the flames of self-immolation with new and more beautiful plumage."

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