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

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Penguin, Jul 7, 2009 - Social Science - 336 pages
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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This book wasn’t quite what I was looking for when I picked it up. I suppose after reading Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire by James Lowder I was interested in ... Read full review

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Granger's discussion of the literary influences on the Potter books and how tracking those influences can help one understand Potter more thoroughly should not surprise anyone who is well-read in ... Read full review


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John Granger is an author, speaker, and professor. A graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied classical languages and literature, he uses Harry Potter to teach English literature online at HogwartsProfessor.com. He is a frequent speaker at academic and fan conferences and has been interviewed as a "Harry Potter expert" in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, and the DVD of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He and his wife, Mary, have seven children.

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