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

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

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by John Granger
 

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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

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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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There is no contesting John Granger's Harry Potter credentials. Counting this opus, this Hogswartian authority has penned no fewer than six books about J. K. Rowling's creations, including The Hidden Key to Harry Potter, Who Killed Albus Dumblefore?, and The Deathly Hallows Lectures. In this paperback original, he deftly demonstrates that Harry's world of wizardry did not emerge spontaneously but was the result of several converging literary traditions. This fascinating take for serious Potter readers cries out to be a term paper topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425229798
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
407,649
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
DonHolmes More than 1 year ago
I met John Granger about four years ago after contacting him when I found out he lived near my home. He and his wife are delightful along with their seven home schooled kids. He saw significant insights to the HP books that never crossed my mind. I asked him if he was maybe reading things into the books that weren't there. He said "not a chance!!!" He is a graduate of the U of Chicago with a degree in Ancient Languages and Literature, the same degree that J. K Rowling received from Execter College in England. John says when you see it, you just see it. No mistake. With his education, he says you would have to be blind not to see it. We all own John a debt of gratitude for his work on this great book. Go buy it - I promise that YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Surprised, but not disapointed.
dchan More than 1 year ago
You needn't be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy, appreciate, and benefit from John Granger's newest offering. For both literary geeks and those who read merely for pleasure, HARRY POTTER'S BOOKSHELF is a magic carpet ride to understanding books. Even beach reads can contain within them story elements and genres revealed in this book. As always, Granger offers his literary x-ray goggles to see below-the-surface story structure, symbolism and meaning, to reveal the depth and detail that make a book not only work, but "do a work" within the reader. HARRY POTTER'S BOOKSHELF opens up Harry Potter and English literature as keys to one another in a personable, entertaining way. Granger's sparkling prose, witty style, and often laugh-out-loud summaries of Great Books (Gothic antiheroes are jerks!) and Harry Potter passages, make this book a page-turner. Invoking icons from Homer to Star Trek, Granger explains complex insights in a manner accessible to teens and adults. Using the four layers of meaning (surface, moral, allegorical and anagogical, i.e. mythic/edifying), Granger enjoyably expounds on literary genres and authors that influenced Rowling, and how she remarkably "rowled" them all together in creating her epic. These genres include Austen's narrative misdirection a la pride & prejudice/twists, gothic romance, detective mystery, the boarding school story, postmodernism, satire, the Hero's Journey, and the Everyman allegory. He concisely and clearly explains the eye imagery, circle meaning, eye imagery, and literary alchemy scaffolding of the Potter books. I believe this book should be required high-school reading, because it prepares students to understand classics assigned in their courses up through college, and books they'll read throughout their lives. Adult readers will have new appreciation for the books already on their shelves, and may find themselves rereading that "boring" Great Book--and Harry Potter--in a new and revealing way. For understanding Harry Potter, John Granger's your man--and there's so much more to discover. Check out his other insightful books-HOW HARRY CAST HIS SPELL, UNLOCKING HARRY POTTER, and THE DEATHLY HALLOWS LECTURES. Put on your x-ray goggles and jump on his magic carpet for more rides through storytelling magic.
inked More than 1 year ago
Ten genres all mined and explored with "solid light" (golden) insights! This text about texts is a pure gift from one who loves literature about Harry Potter and much, much more. Bram Stoker to JK Rowling? YEP! Shakespeare to JK Rowling? YEP! And there's more gold in them 'ere pages, too. AS Byatt referred to Harry Potter and the Childish Adult in a review of the same title some time ago. She missed the boat. Granger does NOT miss the boat. In fact, if you had to take one tour guide to the boat of English Literature, this is the one to take. It will open up possibilities and connections that will enhance your re-reading of Harry, Romeo and Juliet, Dante, and Dorothy L. Sayers, to mention just a few authors. Granger has solidified the light and set it on candlestick so all may see. Get your copy and start seeing in many ways and manners that now become consciously appreciated. You appreciated Rowling and Harry before this; you will appreciate them more after reading this study.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EVEN IF THE BOOK IS NOT THAT GOOD, DONT HATE HARRY POTTER!
hermionerules1844 More than 1 year ago
I did not realize that Harry Potter was connected to so much famous literature. I also think it's so cool that The author's last name is Granger, because that is also Hermione's last name.
CathySquared More than 1 year ago
I am a Harry Potter fan, and enter his magical world at least once a year. I'm no child; I've found all the layers and saw most of the symbolism or allegory the many pages of the seven books contained. Nevertheless,  Granger's book led me to do some additional outside reading. It's been many long years since I read C. S. Lewis; truthfully his Chronicles of Narnia were a little too loaded with christianity for my tastes. I wish I could plan such a multi-layered book as Granger has described the Potter stories! Thanks Professor! I'm off to read The Brothers Kamarazov, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Jane Austen's Emma again. It's been a long time; maybe that's why I didn't see those connections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read the sample!!!! It is only the introduction and credits. But the real book looks good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name:Harry Potter,House:Griffindor,Wand:12 inch holly and unicorn hair.Has a vault full of money,all required spell books,and an owl.Is an expert at quidditch,and enjoys eating squirming chocolate frogs!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hello! Welcome to Griffindor! I am Rose Granger you are?" She says cheerfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of HP does the book have all of the books Harry has in J.K Rowlings books?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"This isn't the Gryffindor common room. This is the Ravenclaw common room. But its okay. Do you want to be my friend? The Gryffindor common room is that way. I'm Violet Spring, by the way."
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memsie More than 1 year ago
This book raises some very interesting points, and will lead you to do further investigation and reading on your own. Not that I agree with all his conclusions - but interesting all the same.
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Tho it is weird at the same time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Clara-Marie Thyrne; Age: fourteen; House: Gryffindor; Quidditch: Reads & Writes about, but is Captain Beater; Wand: twenty-one inch, phoenix feather with redwood tree wood; Brings: all required books, plus all 150 of her fun books. She also carries with her a one-shoulder backpack that is dark purple, and she always has an extra quill on hand (she brought five hundred and seventeen!); Appearance: Wavy blond hair that used to be down past her shoulders until she chopped it off. Black framed glasses, blue eyes, freckles. Stands four foot eleven and a half, and has turquise and lime braces. She will be getting contacts in March, and her braces off in two years. She is also so pale white, people used to think she was constantly sick; Friends: her books and writing materials! Clara-Marie is an extrovert who likes to stay inside and read to her orange cat with dark orange stripes (she named him Stripes after a stuffed animal of hers) or find her sister, Trystan, a first-year Hufflepuff, and chill. More? Ask me!