This paper discusses stuttering, its etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and stereotypes, as seen in the films “Primal Fear” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

This paper explains that stuttering is a complex disorder, with an etiology and severity level that varies from case to case. The author selected Harry Potter and Primal Fear as examples of stuttering stereotypes in films because, in both films, a character faked his disorder to convey a falsehood to people that he hoped to deceive. The paper relates that treating stuttering should be focused on the patient’s hearing, seeing, feelings, and the effects the disorder has had on the person’s personality.

Table of Contents
Stereotypes Displayed in Films
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”
“Primal Fear”
Etiology of Stuttering
Myths, Misconceptions and Multiple Causes
“Parents who are concerned that their preschool-age child may be a stutterer should be aware that what is considered “normal” dysfluency can occur in ten of every one hundred spoken words. ( More recently, it has been suggested that dysfluencies can be categorized as “stuttering-like” or “other”. Stutter-like dysfluencies include blocks, repetitions, and prolongations. Other dysfluencies include interjections, revisions or deserted statements, and repetitions of phrases or multi-syllables.”