What a delight! For two full days, Potter Pundits and Professors from some of the world’s best universities met at St. Andrews University in Scotland to discuss Joanne Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga as literature, as cultural artifact, and as shared text. The presentations varied from the academically sound and profoundly boring to the academically daring and nigh on inspiring — of the latter, the school actually kept the Daily Mail reporter, Rita Skeeter in a not very convincing disguise, from the room where the Racism papers were being read!
The best of the close to 50 talks are already being prepared for publication, so I won’t spill those beans here, but I can share links to 15 news stories, including some television coverage (see Mr. Pond and myself being interviewed in the Headmaster’s office! Watch ASU Prof Joel Hunter talk about the Chemistry of the Harry Potter Fairy Tale — with Prof James Thomas, Pepperdine Potter Pundit and author of two books on the series, in attendance!), below the jump. Tomorrow — the controversy about whether Harry Potter merits serious discussion and a 10 Question Interview with John Patrick Pazdziora. See you then —
The St. Andrews University Press Release: The facts — and an argument in anticipation of the nay-sayers
BBC World: The online article without mention of the three radio and television interviews they did on site
Fife Today: Harry Potter goes to St Andrews University
Int’l Business Times – Scholars Debate Inclusion of Harry Potter as Literary Texts
Scotland Courier: scholars coming to potter around St Andrews
Newcastle Herald: Scholars serious about Potter
The Stand: St Andrews School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
The Controversy: More Tomorrow —
Huffington Post.uk: Harry Potter and the Ivory Tower: Children’s Literature and Academia
The Telegraph – You can’t be serious about Harry Potter!
Times Higher Education: Week In Review