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This political analysis of Harry Potter uses the beloved wizarding world to introduce readers to the equally murky and intimidating world of politics. Rowling's work provides us with entries into all of the most important political questions in history, from terrorism and human rights to the classic foundations of political thought.
Literary Allusion in Harry Potter builds on the world-wide enthusiasm for J. K. Rowling’s series in order to introduce its readers to some of the great works of literature on which Rowling draws. Harry Potter’s narrative techniques are rooted in the western literary tradition and its allusiveness provides insight into Rowling’s fictional world. Each chapter of Literary Allusion in Harry Potter consists of an in-depth discussion of the intersection between Harry Potter and a canonical literary work, such as the plays of Shakespeare, the poetry of Homer, Ovid, the Gawain-poet, Chaucer, Milton and Tennyson, and the novels of Austen, Hardy and Dickens. This approach aims to transform the reader’s understanding of Rowling’s literary achievement as well as to encourage the discovery of works with which they may be less familiar. The aim of this book is to delight Potter fans with a new perspective on their favourite books while harnessing that enthusiasm to increase their wider appreciation of literature.
Now available in paper, The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter is the first book-length analysis of J. K. Rowling's work from a broad range of perspectives within literature, folklore, psychology, sociology, and popular culture. A significant portion of the book explores the Harry Potter series' literary ancestors, including magic and fantasy works by Ursula K. LeGuin, Monica Furlong, Jill Murphy, and others, as well as previous works about the British boarding school experience. Other chapters explore the moral and ethical dimensions of Harry's world, including objections to the series raised within some religious circles. In her new epilogue, Lana A. Whited brings this volume up to date by covering Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
This is the first extended text-based analysis of the social and political implications of the Harry Potter phenomenon. Arguments are primarily based on close readings of the first four Harry Potter books and the first two films - in other words, a 'text-to-world' method is followed. This study does not assume that the phenomenon concerns children alone, or should be lightly dismissed as a matter of pure entertainment. The amount of money, media coverage, and ideological unease involved indicates otherwise. The first part provides a survey of responses (both of general readers and critics) to the Harry Potter books. Some of the methodological decisions underlying this study itself are also explained here. The second part examines the presentation of certain themes, including gender, race and desire, in the Harry Potter books, with a view to understanding how these may impinge on social and political concerns of our world.
The Harry Potter phenomenon created a surge in reading with a lasting effect on all areas of culture, especially education. Today, teachers across the world are harnessing the power of the series to teach history, gender studies, chemistry, religion, philosophy, sociology, architecture, Latin, medieval studies, astronomy, SAT skills, and much more. These essays discuss the diverse educational possibilities of J.K. Rowling’s books. Teachers of younger students use Harry and Hermione to encourage kids with disabilities or show girls the power of being brainy scientists. Students are reading fanfiction, splicing video clips, or exploring Rowling’s new website, Pottermore. Harry Potter continues to open new doors to learning.
UNVEILING HARRY POTTER: BEYOND THE WIZARDING WORLD: DECODING THE HIDDEN LAYERS, THEMES, SYMBOLS, AND MESSAGES OF THE GROUNDBREAKING FILM SERIES Are you a Harry Potter fan looking for a comprehensive guide to the movies? Look no further than “Unveiling Harry Potter: Beyond The Wizarding World: Decoding The Hidden Layers, Themes, Symbols, And Messages Of The Groundbreaking Film Series.” This guide is an essential resource for any fan of the beloved franchise, providing an in-depth look at all aspects of the movies. CONTENT (40 CHAPTERS) A Companion Guide For The Movies The Making Of Harry Potter: Behind The Scenes Of The Iconic Film Series J.K. Rowling: The Author Behind The World Of Harry Potter The Characters Of Harry Potter: A Comprehensive Overview Of The Cast The Boy Who Lived: Analyzing The Protagonist Of Harry Potter The Villains Of Harry Potter: Voldemort, Bellatrix, And More The Women Of Harry Potter: Hermione, Ginny, And Luna The Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry: Exploring The Magical Academy The Art Of Harry Potter: A Visual Journey Through The Film Series The Music Of Harry Potter: A Melodic Companion To The Movies Harry Potter And Mythology: Exploring The Tales And Legends In The Wizarding World Harry Potter And Philosophy: Ethics, Logic, And Magical Thinking Harry Potter And The Power Of Friendship: Love, Loyalty, And Bravery Harry Potter And Mental Health: Depression, Ptsd, And More The Legacy Of Harry Potter: How The Movies Changed The World The Fans Of Harry Potter: From Cult Phenomenon To Global Franchise The Wizarding World Universe: Exploring The Books, Prequels, And Spinoffs Harry Potter And Pop Culture: References And Influences In Media The Harry Potter Experience: Visiting Filming Locations And Touring The Wizarding World The End Of Harry Potter: A Comprehensive Analysis Of The Film Series Finale Magical Creatures Of The Wizarding World: From Dragons To Hippogriffs The Language Of Harry Potter: Spells, Charms, And Incantations Time-Turners And The Laws Of Time: Exploring The Possibilities Of Time Travel The Hogwarts Houses: The Significance Of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, And Slytherin The Role Of Fate And Free Will In Harry Potter The Wizarding World Economy: Galleons, Sickles, And Knuts The Artifacts Of Harry Potter: Wands, Brooms, And The Elder Wand The Power Of Love In Harry Potter: From Lily's Sacrifice To Snape's Devotion Harry Potter And Social Justice: Examining The Series' Depiction Of Discrimination And Prejudice The Magical World Of Quidditch: History, Rules, And Famous Teams The Politics Of Harry Potter: Ministry Of Magic And The Wizarding Government The Role Of Mythology And Folklore In Harry Potter The Dark Arts: Horcruxes, The Deathly Hallows, And The Unforgivable Curses The Wizarding World Science: Potions, Astronomy, And Herbology Harry Potter And Ethics: The Moral Dilemmas And Choices Characters Face The Role Of Death And Loss In Harry Potter The History Of Magic: From Merlin To Dumbledore The Significance Of Dreams And Prophecies In Harry Potter The Psychology Of Harry Potter: Personality Types And Character Development The Legacy Of Harry Potter: The Impact On Literature, Film, And Pop Culture
When Harry Potter first boards the Hogwarts Express, he journeys to a world which Rowling says has alchemy as its "internal logic." The Philosopher's Stone, known for its power to transform base metals into gold and to give immortality to its maker, is the subject of the conflict between Harry and Voldemort in the first book of the series. But alchemy is not about money or eternal life, it is much more about the transformations of desire, of power and of people--through love. Harry's equally remarkable and ordinary power to love leads to his desire to find but not use the Philosopher's Stone at the start of the series and his wish to end the destructive power of the Elder Wand at the end. This collection of essays on alchemical symbolism and transformations in Rowling's series demonstrates how Harry's work with magical objects, people, and creatures transfigure desire, power, and identity. As Harry's leaden existence on Privet Drive is transformed in the company of his friends and teachers, the Harry Potter novels have transformed millions of readers, inspiring us to find the gold in our ordinary lives.
ABOUT THE BOOK When Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and their friends first arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the literary world was set ablaze. Readers young and old alike were captivated by this group of inquisitive, spunky and daring youth, and it didn’t take long for the powers that be to decide to bring Harry Potter and Hogwarts to the big screen. Legions of fans followed Harry, Ron and Hermione through to the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and eagerly anticipated the final book’s launch to the big screen. When Part One of the film came out in November, 2010, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association was impressed, giving the film 87 out of a possible 100 points. Part 1 went on to rack up nearly a billion dollars worldwide, becoming the third highest grossing movie of 2010, behind Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland. It seemed an interminable wait for Part 2 to hit theatres, but when it did in July, 2011, the fans were profusely appreciative, coming out in droves to wait in line for ticket pre-sales. In fact, the film broke a pre-sales record; $32 million was grossed in pre-sales alone. As expected, the film was lauded and earned an estimated $1.3 billion in worldwide revenues. MEET THE AUTHOR Chris St-Jean is an Ontario English teacher with a great passion for American literature in particular and the written word in general. Her two daughters, aged 3 and 7, also seem to have a love of books. She follows global events as closely as she can but also enjoys entertainment news. Currently, she is working towards a black belt in karate EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK David Yates, who also directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, directed both parts of the series finale. David Heyman returned as producer, as he had done for the other films of the series, and was joined by J.K. Rowling and David Barron. It was Heyman himself who discovered the as-yet unpublished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone manuscript back in 1997. He admits that the response from the fans was unprecedented for him; in fact, no other film series followed the same characters throughout a linear storyline throughout eight films. The series, in fact, has gone on to become the highest-grossing series of films of all time. Perhaps what has also helped make the series so successful is having the same screenwriter at the helm for six of the seven books. Buy a copy to keep reading!
The Harry Potter series forms a single epic story that has been published in nearly 70 languages, and has been examined in a large number of disciplines. This collection of essays contributes to the scholarly discourse that forms Potter Studies. These essays take on the consideration of Rowling's work as being worthy of study as a phenomenon and influence, as well as a work of literary value. They add genuine statistical information about the reasons for the books' popularity, consider their effects on child readers, and examine some deep-rooted reasons for their having been manipulated in American publishing, in film adaptations, in musical complements, and in their thingification in popular culture around the world. Some of these essays take on the critics of the books' religion and considerations of psychological, as well as philosophical good and evil, and well as some stylistic anomalies. The fact that scholars from China, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Israel, in addition to English-speaking nations, have felt compelled to examine these books in detail testifies in part to Harry Potter's world-wide influence.