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Harry Potter and the Plot to Spread Christianity

Posted by: Kristin
September 11, 2003, 11:10 AM

Political Scientist Daniel Drezner comments on accusations that Harry Potter is intended to spread Christianity through out Islamic cultures.
Thanks to both Veronica and Abigail for the link!

Harry Potter and the Libertarian Party

Posted by: Melissa
August 27, 2003, 08:18 AM

A review/commentary on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the LP News Online.
Thanks, Norman!

Eastern Influences on Harry Potter

Posted by: Kristin
August 24, 2003, 10:34 AM

Ahmed Fadl Shablool of Egypt speculates as to the possible eastern influences of Harry Potter.
While we recognize that there are a few translation misspellings in this article, it's still an intereresting read.

The Americanization of Harry Potter

Posted by: Kristin
August 23, 2003, 11:33 PM

Kimberly Noles of Oklahoma State University thinks Americanizing the Harry Potter series was a missed opportunity:
Most adults know that other countries spell words differently, but children don't. Seeing the words like colour, favourite and honour spelled differently opens the lines of communication forContinued...

Liberal Leanings?

Posted by: Kristin
August 23, 2003, 01:58 PM

From the American Prospect:
Although some reviewers have inexplicably branded the books "monoculturalistic" and even "sexist," Rowling has admitted to being "left wing" personally and hoped that "every reader will bring his own agenda to the book." Rowling has an enormous audience -- andContinued...

Harry Potter 'Lame'

Posted by: Kristin
August 18, 2003, 07:30 AM

In an editorial from the University of Southern California, creative writing senior Craig Stern attempts to educate adult readers of the Harry Potter series:
I'd like to take this opportunity to provide a little reality check for USC students who seem to be a little too enraptured with the series. Harry Potter is for children.Continued...

Harry & Spirituality

Posted by: Kristin
August 17, 2003, 12:15 PM

Rabbi Richard Eisenberg of Connecticut remarks on what he thinks is important about Harry:
These volumes, like so many other books of fantasy, stimulate us to look beyond life as we know it. They remind us that the things we perceive with our senses are not all there is.

Thanks to Jeff for the link!

The Hogwarts Diet

Posted by: Kristin
August 16, 2003, 11:41 PM

UK's Telegraph comments on the book that toppled Order of the Phoenix from the #1 spot on the best seller's list, as well as on a new diet plan:
Some of you might be wondering by now if it would really be possible to lose weight on the Harry Potter diet. I can assure you that the pounds will simply melt off, so long asContinued...

On Being Silly

Posted by: Kristin
August 14, 2003, 09:43 AM

From the San Francisco Chronicle, an article on the joy of acting young, and of sometimes being silly. While not a Harry-centric article, perhaps it is a good response to the Esquire Magazine post from earlier this week:
And then there's Harry Potter, of course, who seems to have reintroduced reading to an untold number of adults.Continued...

It's All About Harry

Posted by: Kristin
August 14, 2003, 07:19 AM

Commentary on the series from an English major and teacher:
Adult readers empathize with Harry as they remember all too well not being invited into conversations even though they had much to offer. Olivia however, as an 11-year-old Harry Potter fan, adds another perspective. "Harry throws way too many tantrums and theContinued...

The Career Track

Posted by: Kristin
August 13, 2003, 03:16 PM

Ron Wolfe of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that Harry Potter has changed what kids dream of growing up to be:
" In stories, most wizards are born with the gift of magic. Every child wishes to be that different. They wish to be acknowledged as unique and admirable. "

And while a cowboy needs a horse, and a spacemanContinued...

Men Over Thirty

Posted by: Kristin
August 13, 2003, 07:17 AM

Fashion experts from Esquire magazine offer their list of inappropriate behavior for men over thirty, which includes staying in bed past 11 AM or wearing a watch costing less than £100. Says fashion editor Simon Tiffin: 'We were inspired by the sight on planes, trains and buses of too many grown men reading Harry Potter.Continued...

And from Neil Gaiman ...

Posted by: Kristin
August 11, 2003, 09:52 AM

The just posted commentary from Stephen Price notes that Gaiman hasn't commented on similarities between his work and the Harry Potter series; this August 2001 January Magazine interview with him includes questions on the subject.
Thanks to wharfle for pointing out the link.

Talent Creates, Genius Borrows?

Posted by: Kristin
August 11, 2003, 07:04 AM

An article from Stephen Price on similarities among literary works, imitation as flattery, and plagiarism, with discussion that includes the Harry Potter series:
A boy with glasses and black hair grows up with a foster-father, in a setting of deprived urban dreariness. He's bright, but lonely, living life throughContinued...

Harry Potter: Pop Culture?

Posted by: Kristin
August 10, 2003, 10:29 PM

Not according to Denver Post Critic-at-Large Kyle MacMillian, who quotes one of the top op-makers at the New York Times, Frank Rich:
"The children entranced with Harry don't need a fast cinematic cut to whip them to attention, with an MTV lash, every few seconds," he writes. "They are perfectly happyContinued...