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How Harry Cast His Spell: The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Potterheads

This book is wonderful for fans and hardcore fans alike. HARRY POTTER FOREVER!!!!!!!

posted by 6064442 on November 11, 2011

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A H. P. Fan

To the post below me: no. I've looked and looked, but there are just no harry potter books. To what is th cr@p?:>=[ I take offense at that. I've loved these books the whole series through, and I am a dedicated Christian. Some other Christians I know, though, insist that...
To the post below me: no. I've looked and looked, but there are just no harry potter books. To what is th cr@p?:>=[ I take offense at that. I've loved these books the whole series through, and I am a dedicated Christian. Some other Christians I know, though, insist that H. P. is "demonlc" and not to read it, but I disagree. It is a good series for Christians as well as non-believers, as long as they don't believe that it's real.

posted by 10881177 on December 24, 2011

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Quite Good.

    This is one of Granger's best. (It is the third incarnation of Granger's original, self-published "The Hidden Key to Harry Potter" which was then picked up by Salt-River/Tyndale and re-titled, "Looking for God in Harry Potter.") It is nicely edited by Tyndale House, which makes it a much more reader-friendly than some of the author's other works.

    As is typical for Mr. Granger (who has always delighted in making plot guesses while admitting that they may be wildly wrong. and usually were: but then, who could have known besides Rowling herself?), this book gets a lot right. However, it gets some key things wrong. For example, on page 4 Granger says, "Even the most evil wizards do their nasty magic with spells; not one character in any of the seven books ever calls in evil spirits. Not once." This charitable argument makes no sense to me considering that Granger's first book, from 2002, argued that Rowling's fourth Potter book contains a Black Mass at the end. Does Mr. Granger think that a Black Mass doesn't summon evil spirits? More likely, Mr. Granger just hasn't had time to think everything through since he's a full-time teacher/professor.

    In this kind of thing, I find that "How Harry Cast His Spell" is surpassed by the first installment of Nancy Solon Villaluz' adventurous new Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling study trilogy, "Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons?" which makes very logical arguments based on Rowling's manifold interviews and reveals a great deal more about Rowling's spoken intentions and influences. I suggest that readers buy both Granger's and Villaluz' books (which I have reviewed separately) for the total picture on Harry.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

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    No smoke without fire

    I've loved Harry Potter for years but never articulated the reason for my enjoyment beyond liking the setting and the characters (especially as the latter matured and made right choices). John Granger showed me the symbols of Christ in the book, analyzed the formula that always results in Harry's "death" and "resurrection," and introduced me to literary alchemy. This is a bookish adaptation of real alchemy, not concerned with turning metal to gold but rather with purifying souls. "How Harry Cast his Spell" may help you understand your liking of Rowling's books, or it may take away your fear. The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 is that the writing style could use some improvement.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    I luv Harry Potter

    I would luv to be Ginny!!!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Posted January 26, 2012

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