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Thoughts for the Serious Reader of Harry Potter



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Comment on Harry Potter by the Numbers: 1,084,170 by waynestauffer

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:00:15 +0000

Well, I don't require reading the series as a prereq for my class, but if I told students this word count, I might have fewer enrollees in the class....So, let's keep this just between us...



Comment on Imagination vs Interactive Technology: The End of the Potter Saga’s Magic? by waynestauffer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:03:26 +0000

Sadly, John, I fear you are correct. Your reference to Salinger reminded me of a minor fact associated with Ray Bradbury. When ebooks first came on the market, I thought it would be perfect to get Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 in ecopy. Looked and looked with no luck. On further inquiry I found that Bradbury had embargoed it from ebook release, resisting the march of the technology. It was only after he died, and could no longer control it, that his estate released it for ecopy



Comment on Harry Potter and the Twitter Turn About by George

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:15:02 +0000

Mine is "Fleur Delacour was actually a Muslim all along."



Comment on Guest Post: Who is Jonny Rokeby? Pt 3 by ChrisC

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:31:25 +0000

It’s finally occurred to me that there is at least one more possible way of reading both Whittaker and Rokeby in relation to the figure of Mephistopheles. In this take, Marlowe’s tempter has no exact character analog in the “Strike” books. Instead, he should be seen more as an idealized position or goal or power that both W and R aspire to. Their reasons for wanting to achieve such a goal, and believing they have reached it, is quite simple. If Rokeby used Whittaker to kill Leda Strike, that would naturally mean that both men know enough, and have enough dirt on each other to send them both to prison, and possibly to a death sentence. The irony here is that both men might be led to believe they hold the upper hand. Whittaker thinks he might have enough blackmail on Rokeby to guarantee his own safety. Rokeby, meanwhile, could assume that he holds the upper hand due to his rock star prestige and star status. In this scenario, both men imagine themselves to be the puppeteer, and the other is the marionette. In reality, they should perhaps be seen more as a pair of hapless fish flailing around in an ever-tightening net. The more they struggle, the more the net closes in, until there is chance for a clean getaway. Rokeby and Whittaker both want to be Mephistopheles, yet all they can manage in reality is to be a pair of Faust analogs. If push came to shove, I would have to side with the idea of Rokeby still being the big bad in the end, even if all he can be is Faustus. The reason why has to do with the rock star’s cultural clout. If Whittaker should end up fingering Rokeby, something tells me the Deadbeat will be able to get the press and the law on his side, as they will be much more likely to take the word of a celebrity over that of a lowlife who might live out of a van? I still doubt it will keep the net from closing in on him.



Comment on Cormoran Strike: Maps, Chat, & Wiki by ChrisC

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:57:50 +0000

I was already familiar with Strikefans.com long before this post. To be honest, I wouldn't mind if they became the Strike equivalent of Steve Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon. I didn't about the other JRK wiki though. That's interesting.






Comment on Imagination vs Interactive Technology: The End of the Potter Saga’s Magic? by Kelly Loomis

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:55:26 +0000

Granted, this man sold the rights to his work, but I stilllove the quote: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”. George RR Martin, A Dance with Dragons.



Comment on The Adeel Amini – Jo Rowling Interview by John

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:49:08 +0000

Adeel Amini Interview: LeakyCauldron Report Detritus In this lengthy interview, Jo confirms she is indeed compiling information on the “Scottish book,” or the encyclopedia involving the world of Harry Potter as she says “…I am working on it in fact. I just don’t want to have to work to a deadline, but I am slowly piecing it together.” The article mentions that the children’s book that Jo is currently working on as well is still not finished and one that is for adults “may never see the light of day at all.” Jo declined to elaborate further on these books noting “The minute I say anything, immediately my life becomes more complicated.” She does go on to say that she “aways wanted to write a novel about a stand-up comedian. That is not what I am writing though, so if something comes out next week, that’s not me, I’m not doing it! But for ages, I’ve had a real thing about it.” In a wide ranging conversation, Jo gives her thoughts on such things as dealing with depression and the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“I would recommend it highly”), fame and recognition by her readers (“people coming up to me in Starbucks are always charming, Always”) and whether she reads her own books (“The only one I’ve gone back and re-read since publication is the seventh book which is my favorite.”)



Comment on The Adeel Amini – Jo Rowling Interview by John

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:47:19 +0000

Adeel Amini Interview: On "Fundamentalism" Regarding the Harry Potter book banning issue Jo says quote: “I can cope with a bad review. No one loves a bad review but a useful review is one that teaches you something. But to be honest the Christian Fundamentalist thing was bad. I would have been quite happy to sit there and debate with one of the critics who were taking on Harry Potter from a moral perspective. In a sense we have traded arguments through the media. I’ve tried to be rational about it. There’s a woman in North Carolina or Alabama who’s been trying to get the books banned-she’s a mother of four and never read them. And then- I’m not lying, I’m not even making fun, this is the truth of what she said-quite recently she was asked [why] and she said ‘Well I prayed whether or not I should read them, and God told me no.’ Rowling pauses to reflect on the weight of that statement, and her expression one of utter disbelief. “You see, that is where I absolutely part company with people on that side of the fence, because that is fundamentalism. Fundamentalism is, ‘I will not open my mind to look on your side of the argument at all. I won’t read it, I won’t look at it, I’m too frightened.’ That’s what’s dangerous about it, whether it be politically extreme, religiously extreme…In fact, fundamentalists across all the major religions, if you put them in a room, they’d have bags in common!” she laughs loudly before sobering. “They hate all the same things, it’s such an ironic thing.”



Comment on The Adeel Amini – Jo Rowling Interview by John

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:12:31 +0000

Adeel Amini Interview Excerpt: On Gay Dumbledore On the matter of Dumbledore, Jo candidly states the following: “I had always seen Dumbledore as gay, but in a sense that’s not a big deal. The book wasn’t about Dumbledore being gay. It was just that from the outset obviously I knew he had this big, hidden secret, and that he flirted with the idea of exactly what Voldemort goes on to do, he flirted with the idea of racial domination, that he was going to subjugate the Muggles. So that was Dumbledore’s big secret. Why did did he flirt with that?” she asks. “He’s an innately good man, what would make him do that. I didnt even think it through that way, it just seemed to come to me, I thought ‘I know why he did it, he fell in love.’ And whether they physically consummated this infatuation or not is not the issue. The issue is love. It’s not about sex. So that’s what I knew about Dumbledore. And it’s relevant only in so much as he fell in love and was made an utter fool of by love. He lost his moral compass completely when he fell in love and I think subsequently became very mistrusting of his own judgment in those matters so became quite asexual. He led a celibate and bookish life.” Clearly some people didn’t see it that way. How does she react to those who disagree with a homosexual character in a children’s novel? “So what?” she retorts immediately “It is a very interesting question because I think homophobia is a fear of people loving, more than it is of the sexual act. There seems to be an innate distaste for the love involved, which I find absolutely extraordinary. There were people who thought, well why haven’t we seen Dumbledore’s angst about being gay?” Rowling is clearly amused by this and rightly so. “Where was that going to come in? And then the other thing was-and I had letters saying this-that, as a gay man, he would never be safe to teach in a school.” An air of incredulity descends on the room as if Rowling herself still can not believe this statement. She continues: “He’s a very old single man. You have to ask: why is it so interesting? People have to examine their own attitudes. It’s a shade of character. Is it the most important thing about him? No, it’s Dumbledore for God’s sake. There are 20 things that are relavant to the story before his sexuality.” Bottom line then: he isn’t a gay character; he’s a character that just happens to be gay. Rowling concurs wholeheartedly.