Archives for August 2009

‘Potter Pundits’ On Leaky Cauldron PotterCast!

Travis Prinzi, author of Harry Potter and Imagination, James Thomas, author of Repotting Harry Potter, and Hogwarts Professor John Granger (that’s me), author of The Deathly Hallows Lectures, are joining Fandom’s most popular podCasting adventure, The Leaky Cauldron’s (TLC) ‘PotterCast,’ tomorrow night in their 203rd program.

See the program announcement on the TLC main page and tune in for the full explanation of what we Three Potterteers will be discussing on future shows– and how you can join that conversation.

For those of you coming to (HogPro) for the first time after listening to the PotterCast or reading about the Potter Pundits at TLC, welcome! (More after the jump.) [Read more…]

Welcome, ‘Nerd World’ Readers!

Lev Grossman of Time Magazine interviewed me about all things Harrry and Bella last week and our Q&A was posted on the ‘Nerd World’ blog at this morning — and the article came with a link to Hogwarts Professor. If you are joining us for the first time after reading that online exchange, welcome! Please make yourself feel at home and join in any of the conversations on the various threads here.

I recommend — to get a feel for what the discussions are like at Hogwarts Professor — that you check out last week’s post on the real world Reformation heretics after whom Ms. Rowling named her Muggles (and her Seekers), a note on the allegorical meaning of Dumbledore in Half-Blood Prince (mostly lost in the film, alas), and a free-for-all discussion about whether literary alchemy translates to movie adaptations from text.

If you’re more interested in Twilight conversations, head on over to Forks High School, the HogPro Twilight sister site. Either way, “Thanks for joining us!” and “See you tomorrow!”

House of the Binns: Another History Connection

A letter from HogPro All-Pro Jeremy:

Just a bit of fun, John: I came across these links to House of the Binns at and the National Trust for Scotland!

My interest in Prof Binns arose following your post last week about the importance of 1692, the Seekers and the Muggletonians. I have always supposed the fact only Hermione (standing in for JKR) was interested in history, and that this subject was taught in the most boring way possible at Hogwarts, pointed to something. [Read more…]

Free Harry Potter Wallpaper!

I kid you not.

Searching for Christian Imagery in ‘Harry Potter’

NPR reports that Christians and University Professors have discovered edifying Christian content in Joanne Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga. In a piece last Saturday titled Searching for Christian Imagery in Harry Potter, Guy Raz breathlessly interviews professors from Pomona and Brite Divinity School who think that Harry — and Dumbledore! — are Christ figures.

Who would have thought!

We have officially reached the end stage of the literary equivalent of scientific discovery, having worked our way through “Absurd!” (2003) to “Needs More Study!” (2006) to, at last, “We’ve always known that!” (2009). Congratulations, All-Pros, we have moved from fools and Procrustean projectors to NPR Orthodoxy.

Does the article title remind you of anything? (H/T to Lynn!)