The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter

Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon


Author: Lana A. Whited

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826215499

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 418

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Now available in paper, The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter is the first book-length analysis of J. K. Rowling's work from a broad range of perspectives within literature, folklore, psychology, sociology, and popular culture. A significant portion of the book explores the Harry Potter series' literary ancestors, including magic and fantasy works by Ursula K. LeGuin, Monica Furlong, Jill Murphy, and others, as well as previous works about the British boarding school experience. Other chapters explore the moral and ethical dimensions of Harry's world, including objections to the series raised within some religious circles. In her new epilogue, Lana A. Whited brings this volume up to date by covering Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and International Relations


Author: Daniel H. Nexon,Iver B. Neumann

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742539594

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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Drawing on a range of historical and sociological sources, this work shows how aspects of Harry's world contain aspects of our own. It also includes chapters on the political economy of the franchise, and on the problems of studying popular culture.

Reading Harry Potter

Critical Essays


Author: Giselle Liza Anatol

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313320675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

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The tropes and themes of J. K. Rowling's massively popular series are interpreted within the context of its audience.

Harry Potter

The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon


Author: S. Gunelius

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230594107

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

View: 7579

The Harry Potter books are the bestselling books of all time. In this fascinating study, Susan Gunelius analyzes every aspect of the brand phenomenon that is Harry Potter. Delving into price wars, box office revenue, and brand values, amongst other things, this is the story of the most incredible brand success there has ever been.

The Psychology of Harry Potter

An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived


Author: Neil Mulholland

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1935251376

Category: Psychology

Page: 326

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Harry Potter has provided a portal to the wizarding world for millions of readers, but an examination of Harry, his friends and his enemies will take us on yet another journey: through the psyche of the Muggle (and wizard!) mind. The twists and turns of the series, as well as the psychological depth and complexity of J. K. Rowling’s characters, have kept fans enthralled with and puzzling over the many mysteries that permeate Hogwarts and beyond: Do the Harry Potter books encourage disobedience? Why is everyone so fascinated by Professor Lupin? What exactly will Harry and his friends do when they finally pass those N.E.W.T.s? Do even wizards live by the ticking of the clock? Is Harry destined to end up alone? And why did it take Ron and Hermione so long to get together? Now, in The Psychology of Harry Potter, leading psychologists delve into the ultimate Chamber of Secrets, analyzing human mind and motivation by examining the themes and characters that make the Harry Potter books the bestselling fantasy series of all time. Grab a spot on the nearest couch, and settle in for some fresh revelations about our favorite young wizard!

The Magic of Harry Potter


Author: Daniel Mitchell


ISBN: 0615172822

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

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The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling have been phenomenal bestsellers winning fans world wide. These essays look at the magic, literary devices and moral themes in the Harry Potter series. In addition, the controversy between Christians over the moral themes is discussed.

Guide to the Harry Potter Novels


Author: Julia Eccleshare

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826453174

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 114

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Provides information on the plots and characters in the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling.

Heroism in the Harry Potter Series


Author: Katrin Berndt,Lena Steveker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317122119

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Taking up the various conceptions of heroism that are conjured in the Harry Potter series, this collection examines the ways fictional heroism in the twenty-first century challenges the idealized forms of a somewhat simplistic masculinity associated with genres like the epic, romance and classic adventure story. The collection's three sections address broad issues related to genre, Harry Potter's development as the central heroic character and the question of who qualifies as a hero in the Harry Potter series. Among the topics are Harry Potter as both epic and postmodern hero, the series as a modern-day example of psychomachia, the series' indebtedness to the Gothic tradition, Harry's development in the first six film adaptations, Harry Potter and the idea of the English gentleman, Hermione Granger's explicitly female version of heroism, adult role models in Harry Potter, and the complex depictions of heroism exhibited by the series' minor characters. Together, the essays suggest that the Harry Potter novels rely on established generic, moral and popular codes to develop new and genuine ways of expressing what a globalized world has applauded as ethically exemplary models of heroism based on responsibility, courage, humility and kindness.

Females and Harry Potter

Not All that Empowering


Author: Ruthann Mayes-Elma

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742537798

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 155

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Uses critical discourse analysis, feminist theory, and critical theory to examine the female characters in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, focusing on such themes as validating/enabling, intelligence, and mothering.