Tim O’Shea Interviews the Hogwarts Professor

Talking with Tim,’ with the thoughtful Tim O’Shea at the helm, is a website that features interviews with authors and Subject Matter Experts on Pop Culture. The interview Mr. O’Shea did with me a few weeks ago went up this morning and, if you’ve ever wondered about what I think of homeschoolers, when my books are coming out, or how I became the “alchemy guy” about Harry Potter, it’s all in there. I enjoyed my time with Mr. O’Shea tremendously and am pleased with the resulting interview (a real rarity). Your thoughts are coveted, as always!

Are You An Addict? PotterPhiles Show Signs

According to research done at nearby Muhlenberg College (I was not surveyed), up to 10% of serious Harry Potter readers post Deathly Hallows are showing signs of addiction to the series and of withdrawal now that the series is complete. I urge you to read the whole thing, but here are a few of the meatier parts with some Hogwarts Professor comments: [Read more…]

Ayatollah Condemns Harry Potter?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has hit the streets of Tehran and one newspaper at least finds this a very disturbing event. From The Memri Blog:

Iranian Daily: Harry Potter, Billion-Dollar Zionist Project

In an article, the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is identified with Iranian Supreme Leader ‘Ali Khamenei, criticized Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry for approving the distribution of the new book in the “Harry Potter” series.

The paper said that “Harry Potter” was a Zionist project in which billions of dollars had been invested in order to disrupt the minds of young people.

Source: Kayhan, Iran, July 26, 2007

Now this is an entirely different brand of Harry Hating, no? A billion dollar Zionist project? Or is it just a different wrapping for the same package? [Read more…]

A Very Helpful List of Harry Potter Internet Sites

Prof. Philip Nel of Kansas State University has compiled a list of useful Harry Potter Internet Sites for his English 440 class on Harry Potter. I am disappointed that Sword of Gryffindor and HogwartsProfessor.com didn’t merit a mention but, of course, if you’re reading this, you don’t need to learn about those two sites. And it is a grand list even without us, no?

I post Prof. Nel’s list as a point of information and to ask the All-Pro’s if, in your wanderings about the World Wide Web, you have found other lists we all should know about or other quality sites you think Prof. Nel should add to his excellent collection (besides the ones already in the right hand column in the HogPro links box).

Let us know by writing below!

Literary Tryptichs: ‘Trapped in Paradise’

The last time I spoke about Harry Potter to a large group of younger people I stumbled when looking for a great ‘pop’ example of a trio much like Harry, Hermione, and Ron. The three leads, as explained in Unlocking Harry Potter, are a moving-picture of the soul’s three faculties or powers as they are in themselves and as they relate to one another. I have called this a literary or psychological “triptych” after the three-in-one fold-out panel paintings. The model for literary triptychs is Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, [Read more…]