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Harry Potter for Academics

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

The Kansas City Star offers up this article on scholarly analysis of the books, while noting that many Potter professors are from - Kansas.

Latin in HP

Posted by: Kristin
August 05, 2003, 07:20 AM

A short article from Fredricksburg, Virginia's Free Lance-Star on the use of Latin in the Potter series.
Editor's Note: Probably nothing here new for TLC readers who regularly comb the Lexicon, but possibly something you didn't know if you're a newer fan.

Thanks to Geoffrey for the link!

'Phoenix' a Success

Posted by: Kristin
August 05, 2003, 07:14 AM

From the Tampa Tribune, a short review plus commentary from readers, including fifth-grader Austin Sigl, who finished the book the Tuesday following its Saturday release:
``I would've finished sooner, but my mom made me put it down and go play.''

Thanks to AJaKe for the link.

'The New J.K. Rowling'

Posted by: Kristin
August 04, 2003, 11:00 PM

A children's author reveals what it's like to be hailed as 'the New J.K. Rowling' - even for a short time:
Apart from a simple-minded desire to be your own self rather than a new anyone else, the question remains: why would anyone want a New JK Rowling? The old one works perfectly well. I'm not sure anotherContinued...

HP, SW, & LotR

Posted by: Kristin
August 04, 2003, 07:30 AM

From Reason Online:
When the current generation of American children looks back on the first decade of the 21st century, it is possible that the three names it will most readily recall will be not Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and George W. Bush but Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins, and Luke (or Anakin) Skywalker.


Posted by: Kristin
August 03, 2003, 02:58 PM

Paul Sheehan of the Sydney Morning Herald appreciates what J.K. Rowling has done for children's literature, but he really wishes she'd tell Harry to take a bath.

Myth and Meaning in Harry Potter

Posted by: Kristin
August 03, 2003, 02:52 PM

Psychology professor Don Morgenson is the latest to try to understand the draw of Harry, in an article that compares the series to Lord of the Rings:
Frodo's Middle-earth, much like our own world, is not filled with unalloyed joy. It is, however, a world with meaning, even if that meaning may appear cruel andContinued...

'Imagination Drives Potter Stories'

Posted by: Kristin
August 03, 2003, 09:34 AM

An English professor offers his thoughts on what Harry's about, and the issues that make "many Christian parents distrust the Potter series.":
As only the child at heart can enter Lewis's Narnia, Hogwarts is invisible to outsiders. Looking at this magnificent 1,000-year-old castle, a Muggle, oneContinued...

Church of Ireland on Harry

Posted by: Kristin
August 02, 2003, 10:44 PM

The Church of Ireland Gazette has good things to say about Harry:
...we can acknowledge that the Harry Potter books teach young people (and some older ones, too) many important realities about the world we live in: goodness, in all its weaknesses, can still overcome evil; we must not be tricked into equating beauty withContinued...

Is Harry Jewish?

Posted by: Kristin
August 02, 2003, 10:34 PM

This Jewsweek commentary considers the possibility, with mention of Nimbus 2003 presenter Amy Miller's paper on the subject.
Thanks to the Amy for the link!

Remembering Harry Isn't Real

Posted by: Melissa
July 29, 2003, 09:24 AM

An editorial in The Beacon Journal examines the controversy surronding Harry Potter...a fictional character.
But the parent must still be the parent. If a book is responsible for a child's moral development, there is void that needs to be filled.

Thanks for the tip, John!

Responding to A.S. Byatt

Posted by: Kristin
July 26, 2003, 08:02 AM

David Rossie of the Ithaca Journal offers his commentary on A.S. Byatt's recent commentary:
I thought I had myself figured out after all these years. Then along comes A.S. Byatt to identify the real me. Turns out my "imaginative" life, whatever that is, is "confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggeratedContinued...

Comparisons to Umbridge

Posted by: Kristin
July 26, 2003, 07:56 AM

Dave Kopel of the National Review begins an article on training pilots to carry handguns by comparing the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to Harry's latest Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
Thanks to Jim for the link!

Discussion: Harry Potter and Higher Education

Posted by: Melissa
July 22, 2003, 07:07 PM

A group of fans is working on a presentation for a national higher education conference on what Harry Potter teaches about administrators in
institutions of learning. I thought this sounded interesting and figured I'd solicit some other references beyond what they've already suggested (the mostContinued...


Where are our reviews?

Posted by: Melissa
July 21, 2003, 10:40 PM

A lot of you have asked on comments and email why we haven't yet reviewed OotP, so I thought I'd address it.
The simple answer: Time. Our lives have not calmed down as much as we expected them to after OotP came out. A callous truth is that we can take advantage of this being a fan site, and don't have to haveContinued...