Prisoner of Azkaban: Whole Book O. W. L.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Whole Book O.W.L.

A. Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F.” (50 points)

1. _____ Ron and Harry treat Hermione as a traitor when she tells Professor McGonagall about the Firebolt Harry receives for Christmas and even after Hagrid tells them off for being more concerned for things than friends.

2. _____ Snape assigns an essay about recognizing werewolves – and Lupin cancels this assignment and asks his class to write a paper about vampires. [Read more…]

Surprise! Lev Grossman loves Philip Pullman

Time Magazine as a run-up to their selection of 2007’s Person of the Year and the upcoming release of The Golden Compass in theatres near you has published an article by irrepressible Lev Grossman about the author of Compass, Philip Pullman. The article, Sympathy for the Devil, is vintage Grossman, whose name as a cryptonym for journalists posing as literary critics is Dickensian, with the necessary blow against C. S. Lewis and the pom-poms working for atheism. Readers of his 2005 interview with Ms. Rowling will remember his calling Lewis a Death Eater and this summer he celebrated Harry Potter (pre-Deathly Hallows) as a God-free book in an article explaining that God’s death was the only sure death we would have in the series finale.

No, he didn’t mean in the sense of Harry being a Christ figure.

I haven’t read any of the Philip Pullman books so let me bow out of this discussion lest I commit the sin of non-readers who know the books better than those who have. Here are some comments from thoughtful readers about this book and movie, several of whom have read Harry Potter. Contrast their views with those expressed by Grossman and the hesitant-atheist Pullman: [Read more…]

Dumbledore is Gay? Interview at Icon New Media

I was interviewed by Steve McMeans of the Icon New Media network two weeks ago about my thoughts on Ms. Rowling’s October revelation that she “always thought of Dumbledore as gay.” All I remember of this exchange was thought I didn’t want to do the interview right then because I was preparing a talk on another subject and I was feeling rather grumpy and distracted. Just the attitude and mental posture you don’t want to have… If you have a moment, please listen to it and let me know what you think. The online essay I posted here that sparked Mr. McMeans’ interest is “I Always Thought of Dumbledore as Gay [Applause],” if you want to check the longer, more coherent original against these comments made a few weeks later.

Prisoner of Azkaban, The Last Chapters (Matching and Discussion Points)

Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapters 20, 21, & 22

Match ’em up! Identify the following characters with something they said in Prisoner of Azkaban, the last three chapters. Write the letter of their speech in the space before the character’s name. I will post Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts. If you disagree with my answers, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on “Chapter Quiz” for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. ______ Harry Potter

2. ______ Hermione Granger [Read more…]

‘Looking for God’ Has New Title; John Has Contract to Write Deathly Hallows Updates

I’m just back from a talk to Church of the Mediator parishioners here in Allentown on a topic near and dear to me — and good news was waiting at home. Tyndale House, the publishers of Looking for God in Harry Potter, has agreed to contract terms for the updating of that book and to give it a new title.

You want to know the new title? [Read more…]