Hogwarts Professor at NY Public Library – Tonight!

I will be braving the snow tonight to give a talk at the main branch of the New York Public Library in mid-Manhattan, 455 Fifth Avenue. It’s scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and I hope if you’re in the City tonight that you’ll drop by (for out of towners, the mid-Manhattan branch is the library across the street from the one with the postcard lions out front). The lecture is titled ‘How Harry Cast His Spell’ and I will be sharing my latest thoughts about setting and allegory as well as the five other keys that unlock the meaning and power of the Hogwarts Adventures. See you there!


  1. Guybrush_threepwood says

    Hey, John

    Long time reader here. Hope everything at the library went good tonight.

    I hope I’m not getting off topic but one of the themes we’ve been discussing here for a while is mythopedia.

    I check back to the “mythopoeic society” every once in a while to see the list of books that have been nominated. Oh, and if it wasn’t for this site, I would have never discovered Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” Bet alot of potter fans here are anxious to see that this weekend.

    However, I saw a trailer to a film that promises very much to be mythopoeic. Its an irish fairy tale called “Secret of the Kells”

    The trailer is about a minute long, and I promise all Inklings fans will be dazzled by it……

    I also reccomend watching the french trailer, as it shows a little more.

    unfortunatly, this is not going to be released in the states any time soon as there is a Hanna Montana mentality to the market right now. It does get released in america, it will probably get a limited showing.



  2. We drove through a near blizzard to get to the library on 5th Avenue but it was worth the 45 minute crawl through the Lincoln Tunnel and travel angst. The librarians at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library, led by Deborah Hirsch, are real professionals and as personable, welcoming, and thoughtful as they come. My talk to the Potter true believers who braved the storm was well received and my two sons that made the trip now think that living in the city wouldn’t be all bad — the library offerings and collection simply blew them away! I hope to return to the Mid-Manhattan Branch someday when it is not snowing heavily and we don’t have to fly home afterwards (without seeing the lions or the new children’s library). What a grand place… Thank you to Deborah Hirsch for inviting me to speak and for making it a blast for me and my family!

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