Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures

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Penguin, Jul 7, 2009 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Harry Potter. The name conjures up J.K. Rowling's wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockbuster films. The true magic found in this children's fantasy series lies not only in its appeal to people of all ages but in its connection to the greater world of classic literature.

Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures explores the literary landscape of themes and genres J.K. Rowling artfully wove throughout her novels-and the influential authors and stories that inspired her. From Jane Austen's Emma and Charles Dickens's class struggles, through the gothic romances of Dracula and Frankenstein and the detective mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers, to the dramatic alchemy of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and William Shakespeare, Rowling cast a powerful spell with the great books of English literature that transformed the story of a young wizard into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.


  

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Review: Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures

User Review  - Margery Bayne - Goodreads

This book definitely digs into material that I hadn't thought of before. If you think Harry Potter is only a surface level story, I would suggest this, because they levels of interpretation and symbolism that it discusses is pretty interesting. My only complaint has to do with the pacing. Read full review

Review: Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

This has been my favorite of the studies of Harry Potter I have read. I loved the comparisons made to Gothic fiction and I now have a new insight into all of the little details in the books. Highly entertaining and informative. Read full review

Contents

Hercule Poirot Meet Harry Potter
From Poe to Chandler
Rule Maker Rule Breaker
Loveable Underdog
The Dickensian Orphan
Story Type Story Drive
Its All a Matter of Perspective
The Judo Throw at the Finish ofHalfBlood Prince
The Joys of Allegory in Satire
Ms Rowlings Politics
Fleet Street in Satirical Story
The Book Most LikeHarry Potter
Enlightenment Reason and Romantic Fancy
Satire as Stunning Blow Warning Shot and Dark Zebra
Subversive Texts Dressed Up in FairyTale Garments
Medieval Mystery PlayEveryman andPilgrims Progress

The Romance Formula That Is Philosophical
Pride and Prejudice in Harry Potter
Conclusion
Tom Brown as Harrys Forgotten Father
Tom Brown Visits Hogwarts
Hero as Bully Beater and Protector of the Weak Strange and Despised
School Story as Morality Tale
Harry PotterNot Just Another Schoolboy Formula Novel
Gothic Literature
An Atmosphere of Fear
VictimsHeroines and ConscienceDeprived Antiheroes
So Who ExactlyAreYou?
Harry Potters Cast of Gothic RolePlayers
Harry the Gothic Heroine
Of Horcruxes and Hallows
Tales Within Gothic Tales
The Morality of Gothic Literature
A World Turned Inside Out
A Colored Reindeer an Elf with Lifestyle Issues
Rowling as a Writer of Her Times
Genre Busting
A Step Beyond Postmodernism
Choose to Believe Harry
From Morality to Metaphor
Harry Potter as a Canterbury Pilgrim
The Brothers KaramazovStar Trek and Harry Ron and Hermione
The Struggle to Believe in TennysonsIdylls DostoevskysBrothers andDeathly Hallows
What If I Missed All That?
The Secret Garden at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
I Think I Identify with E Nesbit More Than Any Other Writer
Harrys Battles with Lord Voldemort
The Rowling TenStep Heros Journey
The Power of the Circle Center
The Mystical Questions of the Ravenclaw Common Room Door
What It Was and Wasnt
The Drama Connection
Dominant Contraries to Be Resolved
A Quarreling Couple and an Alchemical Wedding
Doppelgängers
The Peace of Verona Paris and London
TheRubedoand Climax of Harrys Perfection
Why the Alchemy Matters
Echoed Story Points inThe Little White HorseandHarry Potter
Severus Snape and Lilys Green Eyes
The Seeing Eye and I
Harry PotterandLogos
Traditional and Subversive Symbolists
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

John Granger is a teacher of classic literature and much-interviewed expert on Harry Potter. His self-published book on Potter received critical praise from such notables as John Warwick Montgomery, considered by many to be our generation's most important apologist for biblical Christianity. Granger lives with his wife and seven children in Port Townsend, Washington.

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