Category Archives: Rowling (J. K.)

Harry’s Lenten Message: Love over Death

Rowling’s “The Deathly Hallows” can be read as a Lenten meditation.

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Harry Potter Stole My Child

Young Adult Fiction like “Harry Potter,” “Perks of Being a Wall Flower,” “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” sometimes threaten parents because they empower children and conjure up visions of them abandoning family values as they enter a secular society.

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#TrumpBookReports (in 140 characters)

For laughs, check out #TrumpBookReport on twitter. I’ve gathered some of the best renditions of Trump reviewing the classics.

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Hillary Clinton Is Hermione Granger

Hillary Clinton is like Hermione Granger in many ways, but there is one very important difference.

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Class Warfare in Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling’s leftwing politics shape the Harry Potter series.

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Voldemort, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

In terms of developmental psychology, “Harry Potter” is structured around a clash between successful and unsuccessful identity formation.

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Parents, Kids, Schools & Banned Books

Parents pressure schools to ban books because they want to protect their children. Their children want the books because they have a different set of needs.

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“Harry, I Am Your Father” – Voldemort

Voldemort can be interpreted as the father in Harry Potter’s primal scene.

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Harry Potter’s Use of Asymmetric Warfare

In today’s post I link to two very smart articles looking at Harry Potter through the lens of the battle against terrorism and armed conflict as it is conducted in today’s world.

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A John Bunyan Defense of Harry Potter

Given how for years we’ve been witnessing certain evangelical Christians criticizing, banning and occasionally burning the Harry Potter books, what are we to make of their inability to appreciate Harry’s Christ-like sacrifice as the end of “The Deathly Hallows”?

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Harry Potter, Teenage Hero’s Quest

During Christmas week we get to imagine being children again so I’ve decided to write about student responses to Harry Potter.   Members of my British Fantasy Literature class could write essays on any work of fantasy as long as they applied the tools and perspectives we developed in the course. Michelle Steahl and Evan Rowe […]

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