Archives for November 2007

The Best Books of 2007! (New York Times)

But the Entertainer of the Year didn’t make the cut.

Huh. Wonder why?

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 8 & 9, ‘Flight of the Fat Lady’ & ‘Grim Defeat’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 8 & 9

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” I will post T/F Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts if there aren’t any of yours to which I can respond! If you disagree with my answers tomorrow, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on the Category “Chapter Quiz” in the right column for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. _____ Chapter Eight, Flight of the Fat Lady, begins with a description of how everyone hates Defense Against the Dark Arts classes except the Slytherins. [Read more…]

Sword of Gryffindor: On Entertainment, Shared Texts, and Postmodern Literature

I love reading the interpretations of Ms. Rowling’s books and Potter mania as a cultural phenomenon that are posted at Travis Prinzi’s Sword of Gryffindor website. I always learn something new about postmodernism, for example, and thinking about thinking, even when I disagree with Travis or one of his stable of writers. Their latest essay, Sharing Our Entertainer: Rowling, Shared Books, and Pop Culture,’ is another winner. Dave, the author, closes with a Dante-esque suggestion that we need a guide to get us through the dark forest Ms. Rowling has chosen to leave us in about the specific meanings of her books. I nominate Travis Prinzi’s troop as the guides I’d follow, if only for sentences like this: [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7, ‘The Boggart in the Wardrobe’ (True/False Quiz and Discussion Points)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapter 7, ‘The Boggart in the Wardrobe’

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F” on your tally sheets at home. I will post T/F Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts if there aren’t any of yours to which I can respond! Please don’t post your answers to anything except the Discussion Points after the True/False Quiz. If you disagree with my answers tomorrow, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on the Category “Chapter Quiz” in the right column for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. _____ Chapter Seven, The Boggart in the Wardrobe, begins in Potions class where Malfoy enters in bandages. He asks Professor Snape for help with his work on the Shrinking Solution – and Severus makes Harry and Ron do the hard stuff. [Read more…]

Once Again, The Vigilant Christians (TM) Denounce Harry Potter

In the November-December 2007 of the American Life League’s Celebrate Life magazine, there is an article by David Haddon called, The Deadly Agenda of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’ Those of you who have read Michael O’Brien’s post Deathly Hallows ramble, ‘Harry Potter and the Death of God,’ may recall David Haddon. Mr. O’Brien quoted him, approvingly, as a critic who understand the relativism and dangers implicit in Ms. Rowling’s dangerous stories: [Read more…]