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The fastest-selling book in publication history, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a critical success and is loved by fans around the world. In The Deathly Hallows Lectures, John Granger reveals the Potter finale's brilliant details, themes and meanings. Even the most ardent of Harry Potter fans will be surprised by and delighted with the Hogwarts Professor's explanations of the four dimensions of meaning in Deathly Hallows to include: * why Ms. Rowling chose to make Lily's eyes green, * why Harry buried Moody's eye where and when he did, and * why Ollivander prefers the three wand cores he does. Ms. Rowling has said that alchemy sets the "parameters of magic" in the series; after reading the chapter-length explanation of Deathly Hallows as the final stage of the alchemical Great Work in The Deathly Hallows Lectures, the serious reader will understand how important literary alchemy is in understanding Rowling's artistry and accomplishment. The other seven chapters explore, among other things, the five writing tricks Ms. Rowling uses to work her story magic, the deciphering of the "Triangular Eye" symbol for the three Hallows, Harry's "struggle to believe" in Albus Dumbledore, why Ms. Rowling revealed that she "always thought" of the Headmaster as gay, and the more than 25 echoes of her first book, Philosopher's Stone, in Deathly Hallows. Did you wonder why Fred died in the end? Why Harry went underground seven times in Deathly Hallows? Granger explains how Ms. Rowling's story formula required these twists as well as two trips to King's Cross and two meetings with Albus Dumbledore at story's end. If you're a serious reader and serious fan of Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows Lectures is a must!
Harry Potter. The name conjures up J.K. Rowling's wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockbuster films. The true magic found in this children's fantasy series lies not only in its appeal to people of all ages but in its connection to the greater world of classic literature. Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures explores the literary landscape of themes and genres J.K. Rowling artfully wove throughout her novels-and the influential authors and stories that inspired her. From Jane Austen's Emma and Charles Dickens's class struggles, through the gothic romances of Dracula and Frankenstein and the detective mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers, to the dramatic alchemy of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and William Shakespeare, Rowling cast a powerful spell with the great books of English literature that transformed the story of a young wizard into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.
This literary companion to the Harry Potter series examines the influence of such writers as Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen on the prose of J.K. Rowling. Granger has previously written about the growing importance of the Potter series in academic circles, and he provides both fans and literary scholars with thematic links to such works as Gulliver's Travels and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The author also draws distinctions between the surface meanings in the books and the moral, allegorical and mythological undertones. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Tracing spiritual content and symbols through the entire series, Granger uses his knowledge of classic literature, philosophy, and Christian tradition to explain why the books 1) meet our longings to experience the truths of life, love, and death; 2) help us better understand life and our role in the universe; and 3) encourage us to discover and develop our own gift and abilities. A must-read book for fans, parents, and teachers that will serve as a bridge to growth in faith and spiritual understanding.
Ivory Tower culture mavens have, in patronizing fashion, dismissed the Potter books. Many Christian believers have condemned the books as "gateways to the occult." Is Harry Potter "really just slop" as Yale's Harold Bloom tells us? Are children reading these books in greater danger of joining dangerous cults than those who do not? Reading the books in context and in depth reveals answers to these questions as well as the reason these books upset both the intelligentsia and the true believers (who, it should be noted, are odd bedfellows!).
Who Killed Albus Dumbledore? What Really Happened in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Six Expert Harry Potter Detectives Examine the Evidenceby John Granger
Six fan-theorists attempt to unravel the clues of THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. Joyce Odell of Red Hen Productions, Daniella Teo of Mugglenet, Sally M. Gallo of The Leaky Cauldron, Wendy B. Harte and the mysterious "Swythyv" - along with editor, John Granger (author of Hidden Key to Harry Potter, etc. )- provide Harry Potter readers with exciting and insightful ideas of what happened and what will happen based on their close reading of the texts . . . ideas that will challenge and engage readers everywhere. Travis Prinzi, creator of THE SWORD OF GRIFFYNDOR website, writes that these essays "will stand as a monument to the kind of guesswork we were all involved in as we awaited the final Harry Potter book. "