Interpreting Oz, Narnia, and Hogwarts: Four Historical Notes

Saturday’s discussion touched on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Frank Baum’s sub-creation. Later that day I received a sneak-peek of the first chapter of Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia. Both reminded me of the perils and possibilities implicit to “detective” interpretation of fiction. Let me lay out these four historical events, the insights and failed interpretations, with this question: what are the hazards of looking for the “hidden keys” to Harry Potter? the benefits? [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 14 & 15, ‘Snape’s Grudge’ & ‘The Quidditch Final’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 14 & 15

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 you disagree with my answers tomorrow, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on “Chapter Quiz” for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. _____ Chapter Fourteen, Snape’s Grudge, begins with heightened security in the castle after a search for Sirius Black fails to find him. The Fat Lady returns but only with “a bunch of surly security trolls” to protect her.

2. _____ Hagrid has a meeting with Harry and Ron in his hut to talk about Hermione. “I gotta tell yeh,” he says, “I thought you two’d value yer friend more’n broomsticks or rats. That’s all.” [Read more…]

Wrocking and Rowling: The First Harry Potter Themed Cruise, EVER!

I kid you not. “Wrock the Boat” will be sailing from New Orleans next Halloween as the first Harry Potter themed cruise, ever.

This cruise, unfortunately, is really just for Wizard Rock fans. Would anyone out there be interested in a Hogwarts Professor cruise? [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 12 & 13, ‘The Patronus’ & ‘Gryffindor Versus Ravenclaw’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 12 & 13

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 you disagree with my answers tomorrow, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on “Chapter Quiz” for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. _____ Chapter Twelve, The Patronus, begins with Harry and Ron in the Gryffindor common room, upset with Hermione for telling Professor McGonagall about the Firebolt. Hermione hangs out in the library until vacation ends.

2. _____ Professor Lupin begins private lessons with Harry to teach him the Patronus Charm, which, “when it works correctly, it conjures up a Patronus…a kind of anti-dementor – a guardian that acts as a shield.” [Read more…]

Tin Man, Harry Potter, and One Argument in favor of Publishing the Whole Back Story

There are few times I wish I owned a teevee set. In fact, I cannot think of a single time I have regretted putting up the teevee expelling charms around my house soon after I was married. I do own a VHS and DVD player that won’t pick-up signals on which I enjoy watching videos with my family (Count of Monte Cristo last night, an amazing adaptation/abridgment) but the the thought of a teevee “on” in my house, addict-in-recovery that I am, makes me shudder.

This morning, though, Amazon.com sent me an email telling me I needed to check out a teevee show called Tin Man on the SciFi cable channel. I checked it out via the hyperlink they provided. I didn’t rush out to buy a working television, but I did say to myself, “I really hope they release this on DVD.” I’d certainly go to see this if it were in the movie theatres. I’ve read more Wizard of Oz books to my children than I want to admit and this Tin Man program looks like the kind of thoughtful adaptation for postmoderns I’d enjoy. [I was the one in the alley behind the theatre who lost his popcorn and lunch after seeing The Wiz.] The Cain figure alone played by Neal McDonough would be worth the price of admission.

And why do I bring this up on a Harry Potter weBlog? I’m glad you asked.

The discussion here at HogPro has come down pretty heavily against learning more back-story from Ms. Rowling than she decided to include between the covers of her seven stage epic. [Read more…]