Sword of Gryffindor: On Entertainment, Shared Texts, and Postmodern Literature

I love reading the interpretations of Ms. Rowling’s books and Potter mania as a cultural phenomenon that are posted at Travis Prinzi’s Sword of Gryffindor website. I always learn something new about postmodernism, for example, and thinking about thinking, even when I disagree with Travis or one of his stable of writers. Their latest essay, Sharing Our Entertainer: Rowling, Shared Books, and Pop Culture,’ is another winner. Dave, the author, closes with a Dante-esque suggestion that we need a guide to get us through the dark forest Ms. Rowling has chosen to leave us in about the specific meanings of her books. I nominate Travis Prinzi’s troop as the guides I’d follow, if only for sentences like this: [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7, ‘The Boggart in the Wardrobe’ (True/False Quiz and Discussion Points)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapter 7, ‘The Boggart in the Wardrobe’

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F” on your tally sheets at home. I will post T/F Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts if there aren’t any of yours to which I can respond! Please don’t post your answers to anything except the Discussion Points after the True/False Quiz. If you disagree with my answers tomorrow, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on the Category “Chapter Quiz” in the right column for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. _____ Chapter Seven, The Boggart in the Wardrobe, begins in Potions class where Malfoy enters in bandages. He asks Professor Snape for help with his work on the Shrinking Solution – and Severus makes Harry and Ron do the hard stuff. [Read more…]

Once Again, The Vigilant Christians (TM) Denounce Harry Potter

In the November-December 2007 of the American Life League’s Celebrate Life magazine, there is an article by David Haddon called, The Deadly Agenda of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’ Those of you who have read Michael O’Brien’s post Deathly Hallows ramble, ‘Harry Potter and the Death of God,’ may recall David Haddon. Mr. O’Brien quoted him, approvingly, as a critic who understand the relativism and dangers implicit in Ms. Rowling’s dangerous stories: [Read more…]

Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6, ‘Talons and Tea Leaves’ (True/False Quiz and Discussion Points)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapter 6

Mark True statements with a “T” and False statements with an “F” on your tally sheets at home. I will post T/F Answers tomorrow with responses to discussion point posts and my own thoughts if there aren’t any of yours to which I can respond! Please don’t post your answers to anything except the Discussion Points after the True/False Quiz. If you disagree with my answers tomorrow, please do send me an explanation about where I went wrong. Click on the Category “Chapter Quiz” in the right column for previous quizzes and discussion points.

1. _____ Chapter Six, Talons and Tea Leaves, begins in the Great Hall at breakfast with Fred and George teasing Harry about swooning in front of the Demontor on the train.

2. _____ Ron is befuddled because Hermione has three classes scheduled for 9 am. Hermione says, “I’ve fixed it all with Professor McGonagall.” [Read more…]

Hogwarts Professor’s Greatest Hits: You Decide

In the right hand column of this weBlog, right underneath “Recent Comments,” is a handy set of links to “HogPro’s Greatest Hits.” The HogPro house-elves put this up at my request in June because I was asked about four or five posts on a regular basis — “Rita Skeeter Covers the Vatican” was probably the single biggest request when the site went down in May for almost a month — so I put together this short list from the old HogPro for newcomers to browse through without endless scrolling through pages.

The list hasn’t been updated, though, since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s time for a new set of Greatest Hits, right? We have room for ten. Please vote for your ten favorites in the cut-and-paste ballot below by writing in the letter next to the number in order of preference and putting the completed ballot in the comment box. If your favorite post isn’t listed, write it in. If you only like one or two, vote for them. I’ll see if I can get the new list up in the next week. Thank you in advance for voting — and have fun!

(A) The Thirty Deathly Hallows Threads

(B) A Rainbow of Gold, Black, White, and Red: The Alchemical Artistry of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ (A)
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