Prisoner of Azkaban, The Last Chapters (Matching and Discussion Points)

Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 20, 21, & 22

Match ’em up! Identify the following characters with something they said in Prisoner of Azkaban, the last three chapters. Write the letter of their speech in the space before the character’s name. I will post Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts. If you disagree with my answers, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on “Chapter Quiz” for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. ______ Harry Potter

2. ______ Hermione Granger [Read more…]

‘Looking for God’ Has New Title; John Has Contract to Write Deathly Hallows Updates

I’m just back from a talk to Church of the Mediator parishioners here in Allentown on a topic near and dear to me — and good news was waiting at home. Tyndale House, the publishers of Looking for God in Harry Potter, has agreed to contract terms for the updating of that book and to give it a new title.

You want to know the new title? [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 18 & 19, ‘Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs’ & ‘The Servant of Lord Voldemort’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 18 & 19

Match ’em up! Identify the following characters with action they take in Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 18 & 19. Write the letter of the action in the space before the character’s name. I will post Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts. If you disagree with my answers, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on “Chapter Quiz” for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. ______ Harry Potter

2. ______ Hermione Granger [Read more…]

Red Hen: Deathly Hallows is Disappointing Departure from and Ending to Seven Book Series

The Red Hen, also known as Joyce Odell, is a friend of this blog. There are very few people in Fandom whose opinions I weight as heavily as I do the Red Hen’s, as should be evident by the place and weight I gave her thoughts in Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?. But, because we approach the books from different, even contrary perspectives, we have rarely agreed on plot-point speculations or over-arching themes. Most of the influence has been Joyce-to-John, believe me, but I remember with delight that she thought my theory of Voldemort’s wand being a Horcrux was sufficiently interesting to be adapted into her theories (albeit in unrecognizable form!).

I greeted Deathly Hallows with celebration. The Red Hen thought the finale was a failure. I asked her when she had put her thoughts together if she would share them with us. This weBlog has several failings, the most egregious of which is that we very rarely criticize or see the short-comings or failings in Ms. Rowling’s writings. Yesterday, in an interview with Time magazine, I went so far as to say that comparisons with Tolstoy and Tolkien were only inappropriate if the standard is majesty of language; the themes of the Harry Potter novels, the accessibility of this meaning to readers, and the impact of the message on a generation are equal to or, in accessibility and impact at least, greater than War and Peace and The Lord of the Rings. Any site proclaiming stuff like that requires a sober corrective from an equally serious reader.

I urge you, consequently, to read the Red Hen’s Post Mortem. It’s personal, cogent, and based on a magisterial command of canon. [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 16 & 17, ‘Professor Trelawney’s Prediction’ & ‘Cat, Rat, & Dog’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 16 & 17

Match ’em up! Identify the following characters with action they take in Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 16 & 17. Write the letter of the action in the space before the character’s name. I will post Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts. If you disagree with my answers, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on “Chapter Quiz” for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. ______ Harry Potter

2. ______ Hermione Granger [Read more…]