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Is there a name of the type of narrative used in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, where the events are written about in third person but exclusively follows the perspective of Harry Potter? Only events that Harry experiences (or is told about) are written in the story. Even down to feelings and emotions etc...

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When a story is told from a single character's point of view, this type of narrative is known as third-person-limited narration (see Terms Used by Narratology and Film Theory by Dino Franco Felluga, Pudue University). This type of narration can be contrasted with other third-person narratives, such as the omniscient third-person narration and the objective third-person narration. (Some sources use the term "subjective third-person narration" as an alternative to "third-person-limited narration.)

See also Third-Person Limited: Analyzing Fiction's Most Flexible Point of View by Peter Mountford.

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  • Ah, excellent. Thank you. – Fogmeister May 20 at 19:10

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