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Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter

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A Potter Postcard from the Quidditch Tournament of the Stars 2016

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:58:39 +0000

Dear Readers: please enjoy this digital postcard from this past Saturday, which I spent enjoying Muggle Collegiate Quidditch at the Tournament of the Stars, hosted by The Ohio State University Quidditch league. The play was physical, tiring-looking, and lasted all day. We were exhausted just from watching it! If you think Muggle Quidditch isn’t serious […]

‘Black Bottle Man: A Fable’

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:51:12 +0000

Author Craig Russell offered to send me a copy of his book, Black Bottle Man, in March. I agreed to read and review it if he did. Why? I’m not sure. I get more than my share of such pitches, I have too much on my plate as it is with respect to reading and writing, […]

Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic: Michael Ward and John Granger Keynotes at University of Arkansas (FS)

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:35:13 +0000

Next weekend I travel across the eastern border of Oklahoma for an academic conference, ‘Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic,’ at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith (UAFS). The woman in charge, Carly Darling, Conference Chair, has put together a remarkable gathering of scholars to discuss “all aspects of fantasy, magic realism, fairy tales and folk […]

Initial Impressions of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text”

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:48:29 +0000

by Emily Strand I once had a professor who hated those little bracelets everyone was wearing at the time: the ones that said “WWJD.” In case that moment in history passed you by (no great loss), “WWJD” stood for “what would Jesus do?” The bracelets were meant to remind Christians every day, in every moment, […]

TIME: J. K. Rowling Sketches for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:04:16 +0000

In yesterday’s relatively lengthy post about the intertextual connection between Harry Potter and the Molesworth books of Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle, I chose Searle’s illustrations for decoration without mentioning what a part they play in the four schoolboy satires. Molesworth is almost a comic book or graphic novel; Searles pictures of the faculty, headmaster, Grabber the Headboy, […]

Whence ‘Hogwarts’? Rowling, Molesworth, Influence and Intertextuality

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:49:58 +0000

Jo Rowling has been quite explicit about the origin of the name of the School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in her Harry Potter novels. In a 2001 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, she told us ‘Hogwarts’ comes from a plant she encountered at a public garden: Do you put images from your dreams into your books? […]

MuggleNet Academia: Harry Potter and ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ – Rowling’s Missteps and Misappropriation in ‘History of Magic in North America’

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 20:01:19 +0000

Professor Amy Sturgis and Allison Mills, two serious students and admirers of J. K. Rowling’s artistry and meaning in her Hogwarts Saga, are Native Americans and scholars of First Nations culture and treatment of indigenous peoples in literature. They join Keith Hawk and John Granger to discuss the controversy surrounding Rowling’s depiction of Native Americans […]

Voldemort, Delphini, and Oedipus: Complex Folks and Cursed Children

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:00:49 +0000

As we continue our thoughts on the recently released rehearsal script of The Cursed Child, one of the big questions early on was the identity of the titular child, but there is really more than one cursed child in the story. In fact, some of the most fascinating elements of the play tie in with one […]

Hogwarts Professor Interview: Why Do Millenials Love Harry Potter?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:00:43 +0000

As a relatively accessible Potter Pundit — my email address is in the introduction of every book I’ve written with an invitation to write and this website has a ‘Contact’ page — I receive what I’m guessing is a disproportionate share of student correspondence asking for help with their papers. I think what they really […]