Vol 1 No 2 (2011)

The Use of Harry Potter and Fairytales in Narrative Therapy

Laura Oldford
Published March 27, 2011


This article explores the use of narrative therapy in the psychoanalytic field. In particular, the article examines the use of fairytales, specifically the Harry Potter series, as a valuable tool to promote acceptance and change for various illnesses in the post-modern era. The author focuses on discussing why fairytales are a valid tool within narrative therapy and discusses the work that has been done on analyzing the Harry Potter series from a narrative therapy perspective. The author hopes to increase the readers’ understanding of the role literary tools can play in clinical practice and how a clinician can adapt to the changes of the post-modern society.