Are Personality Traits in Harry Potter Novels Gender-Based? The Case of Harry, Ron and Hermione


  • Shrouk Sultan Mansoura University
  • Basma Saleh Mansoura University
  • Asmaa ElSherbini Mansoura University


Personality Traits, Harry Potter, Risks, Rules, Nurturing, Rude, Persistent


Humans display several different attitudes towards others and towards the life situations and challenges they encounter. Gender is said to be a factor that can determine one’s likeability to show a certain attitude rather than another. Traditionally speaking, men are expected to act one way towards something, while women are expected to act in a different way towards the same thing. This paper aims to identify the extent to which the Harry Potter series abides by, or challenges, the traditional gender stereotypes of human attitudes and reactions. Thus, this paper should help to decide if the three main characters in Harry Potter: Harry, Ron and Hermione, are depicted, in terms of their personality traits, on the basis of traditional gender norms. On a wider scope, the paper aims to investigate the role that widely-read fiction, such as Harry Potter, plays to reinforce traditional ideas or to encourage more liberating views. To achieve these aims, the attitudes and reactions of the three major characters of the novels are to be analyzed. Two of these characters are male: Harry and Ron, while the third: Hermione, is female. The attitudes and reactions of these three characters are to be measured according to how much they take risks or follow the rules, how much they are caring and nurturing, rude, and persistent.


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Author Biographies

Shrouk Sultan, Mansoura University

Shrouk Yasser Sultan is an assistant lecturer at the department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Education, Mansoura University, Egypt. She has been granted the Master's degree in English Literature-Novel. Her current field of study is Literary Theory, and she is interested in the feminist theory, in particular.   

Basma Saleh, Mansoura University

Basma Hosni Saleh is an associate professor of English Literature- criticism, at the department of English at the Faculty of Arts in Mansoura University, Egypt. 

Asmaa ElSherbini, Mansoura University

Asmaa Ahmed ElSherbini is an emeritus professor of English Literature-Drama, at the Department of English, at the Faculty of Arts, in Mansoura University, Egypt. 



How to Cite

Sultan, S., Saleh, B., & ElSherbini, A. (2022). Are Personality Traits in Harry Potter Novels Gender-Based? The Case of Harry, Ron and Hermione. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 4(3), 126–143.