‘Harry Potter and the Reading Spell:’ Can you say “Global Shared Text”? Try It Out

RFI posted a story today called ‘Harry Potter and the Reading Spell’ about the breadth and depth of Harry’s reach into the hearts of readers everywhere. I have to admit these stories about Harry’s popularity — and the changes he makes in readers’ lives and in the quality of culture in far away places — still surprise me after all of these years. These magical adventures are not just an English-speaking world phenomenon, as we’ve known for years, but I confess that the universal response to the artistry and meaning is so profound. [Read more…]

Infinitus 2010: Last Call for Early-Bird Discount

That’s right; the lowest registration cost for the next HPEF fan con (July 13-15, 2010) in sultry Orlando, Florida, is only available if you register before 11:59 p.m. EST on September 17th. I know the Potter Pundits are all hoping to be there — and to see you! Go to the Infinitus 2010 site today and sign up.

Update: News from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando! Hype-us Maximus! “Amazing! Mind blowing! I’m so Excited!”

John Granger Speaking in New York on 3 October

The program is called ‘The Heart of Harry Potter: A Christian Perspective,’ it runs from 9:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon, and is sponsored by the Parish Life Resource Center. I’ll be discussing ‘The Christian Content of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘ and leading a few break-out groups on talking with children about the books and why Christians read novels anyway. You need to pre-register via the link above — and I’ll see you at Patchogue United Methodist Church, 10 Church Street, Patchogue, NY, the first weekend next month!

Miss Granger Goes to Hogwarts?

I know a brilliant young woman taking a train next week from the biggest train station in this part of the world to head out to the magical school of her dreams pictured below. She has all her things packed in a trunk, her last name is Granger, and she does magic with something like a wand.

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That young woman, of course, is my daughter the magic flute player, Miss Sarah Granger. To read about the other magical Miss Granger, actress Emma Watson, and her welcome at Brown University, read ‘Blending in on campus reportedly not so easy for Potter Star.’ The agonies of celebrity… [Read more…]

“Warning, Will Robinson!”

HogwartsProfessor.com is changing its internet host due to repeated troubles keeping the site “up” with our current web home. As the domain names are re-pointed, there may be some glitches.

“Thanks for your patience with us during construction.”