HogPro ‘Rings’ Talk in NYC Thursday Night!

Harry Potter Chapter Rings, Character Names, and Magic Mirrors: The Genius Inside the Planning of the Hogwarts Saga

Joanne Rowling has told interviewers for more than a decade that the secret of her success was “planning,” a “boring answer” she always apologizes for. But what exactly was she planning that took five years to sketch the books and six months prior to each novel’s composition? Potter Pundit John Granger, author of Harry Potter Unlocked: Seven Keys for the Serious Reader and editor of Harry Potter Smart Talk, believes she was working on embedding within her story the structures and symbols that would reflect her most profound meaning. Want to learn why Harry’s name as well as all the alliterative names and those with reduplicated letters are what they are? Curious about the Deathly Hallows symbol and what it really tells us about Ms. Rowling’s novels? Interested in why specific events happen in the chapters they do in each book and why there are seven novels? Come to the Samsung Center to hear John Granger reveal at last the genius in Rowling’s planning and how it generated Potter-mania

The Venue: Thursday, 7 October, 6 pm

Time Warner Building
3rd Floor Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

The Sponsors and more about the event: The Group That Shall Not Be Named


  1. Sounds fascinating, wish I was anywhere near there. It would be a nice gesture of course, after the talk to at least drop a few hints about the content for the rest of us.

    I am a grandmother and discovered the books rather late, and due to grandchildren. After reading the series, and going back and rereading( for the younger child) I was absolutely stunned with the careful crafting of the first book,Philosopher’s Stone. At that point I started looking for interpretations of what I was reading.

  2. Hope it’s going/went well. If not, here’s some notes to get you through: http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=53357

  3. Debbie (dcsbelle) says

    Tonight’s lecture was brilliant, intriguing, thought-provoking, mentally stimulating–shall I go on?. I could listen to John Granger talk on JKR’s writing forever Now let’s get those books on Kindle!!

    —–Hedwig the Owl

  4. John,

    Thank you again for another fantastic lecture. The gasps in the audience might not have been audible but they were mental. Our members are still talking about how they can’t read the books the same way again. They also can’t look at the DH symbol the same way either 🙂

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