Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16, ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ (True/False Quiz and Discussion Point)

Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 Quiz: “The Chamber of Secrets”

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts (if there are any).

1. _____ Professor McGonagall tells her Transfiguration class that exams will “start on the first of June, one week from today.”

2. _____ Ginny is about to tell Ron and Harry an important secret when Fred and George interrupt with a joke about helping Nearly-Headless Nick finally get his head “cut off proper.” [Read more…]

The ‘Kappa Element’ of Stories: Michael Ward (Planet Narnia) Explains Narnia’s Father Christmas – and the Importance of Literary Alchemy?

Yes, I know this is not a C. S. Lewis weBlog or a Narnia discussion zone. But so much about the Narnian casts revealing light on the Harry Potter stories, especially Lewis’ use of literary alchemy, that I find myself returning to him again and again.

Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia, has written an article for Grist posted at the Touchstone Magazine website, called Narnia’s Secret: The Seven Heavens of the Chronicles Revealed. In it, he attempts to explain the disturbing figure of Father Christmas, seemingly a syncretic drop-in totally removed from the mythos of the story, in the context of Lewis’ astrological artistry. In so doing, he points to the meaning of Ms. Rowling’s alchemical artistry as backdrop and scaffolding to her Harry Potter novels.
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Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15, ‘Aragog’ (Quiz and Discussion Point)

Chapter 15 Quiz: “Aragog”:

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts (if there are any). [Read more…]

Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14 (Pop Quiz)

Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14 Quiz

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” Answers will be posted tomorrow in the Comment boxes; do NOT post your answers. Disputes about questions and answers and discussion point answers will be put up by the moderator.

1. _____ Hermione suggests that “Riddle might have got the wrong person” when she hears about Harry’s experience in the diary. [Read more…]

The Dutch Deathly Hallows Interview: Ms. Rowling Discusses Religion and Choice

An interesting interview with Ms. Rowling on the occasion of the premiere of the Dutch translation of Deathly Hallows has been translated from the Dutch and posted at The Leaky Cauldron. The unusually thoughtful exchange includes questions and answers about Ms. Rowling’s religious upbringing, beliefs, thoughts on the religious undertones in the books, and more on choice. I urge you to read the whole thing for context and tone. Thank you, Madame Pince, for the head’s up! Here are a few meaty excerpts with my two cents afterwards: [Read more…]