The importance of parental support in Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone versus Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.
Role models are individuals who inspire others by the decisions they make or the actions they pursue. Parents may be a prime example of role models as they have the capability of displaying virtues of love, strength and friendship throughout a child's life. However, in many cases when these virtues are not apparent amongst the parental figures, other means of inspiration are sought. Louise Rennison's "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging" and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter, and the Philosopher's Stone" are both novels that portray parental figures throughout their plots. These characters serve to reinforce the importance of supporting a child through his or her upbringing in order to positively affect the development of the child.
A child must be loved unconditionally in order to help him or her to feel comfort and support throughout his or her life. In "Harry Potter, and the Philosopher's Stone", the parental roles are taken on by Harry Potter's aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Dursley. The love in the Dursley's home is unequally directed towards Harry's cousin Dudley, leaving Harry to feel marginalized and unworthy. "When he had been younger, Harry had dreamed and dreamed of some unknown relation coming to take him away, but it had never happened; the Dursley's were his only family. Yet sometimes he thought (or maybe hoped) that strangers they were, too" (Rowling 27). The lack of caring towards Harry within the Dursley's home illustrates what he had grown accustomed to his entire life. They had no compassion towards him and lacked in supporting him both physically and emotionally. It was clear that because Harry did not have the element of love within his life, he did not think of it as being important. Harry was not dependent on anyone because he paralleled the world to his parental figures, discomforting and unsupportive.