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

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

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by John Granger
     
 

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More than any other book of the last fifty years (and perhaps ever), the Harry Potter novels have captured the imagination of children and adults around the world. Yet no one has ever been able to unlock the secret of Harry's wild popularity . . . until now. Updated and expanded since its original publication as Looking for God in Harry Potter (and now

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More than any other book of the last fifty years (and perhaps ever), the Harry Potter novels have captured the imagination of children and adults around the world. Yet no one has ever been able to unlock the secret of Harry's wild popularity . . . until now. Updated and expanded since its original publication as Looking for God in Harry Potter (and now containing final conclusions based on the entire series), How Harry Cast His Spell explains why the books meet our longing to experience the truths of life, love, and death; help us better understand life and our role in the universe; and encourage us to discover and develop our own gifts and abilities.

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ISBN-13:
9781414327679
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
515,678
File size:
2 MB

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How Harry Cast His Spell: The Meaning behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful for fans and hardcore fans alike. HARRY POTTER FOREVER!!!!!!!
mezzo2 More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! As a Christian and a teacher, I initially struggled with the appropriateness of reading the Harry Potter books myself-----or to my students. Granger's critical analysis of Christian symbolism throughout the series explains our attraction to these stories. I recommend How Harry Cast His Spell to all Harry Potter fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know, I heard John Granger speak at my university in the spring of 2007. As a fan of the Potter series, I though, 'hey, this'll be fun.' And it was. But it was also so much more. I frequented his blog, at hogwartsprofessor.com, reading the various essays right down to the minute the Deathly Hallows was released and have continued to do so since that time. When I heard about this book coming out, I had to have it and so I ordered it online. I read it in a day and a half, and as is the case with Mr. Granger's lectures and the postings at hogwartsprofessor.com, this is a great book to read for some literary analysis of this series, something that I believe is oddly lacking but will continue to grow in popularity. John Granger explains the Christian significance of the series 'it seems much more so in the second half of the book than in the first - as in the first he's laying the groundwork to do it', and his analysis left me in tears at certain points 'especially when he gets to discussing Deathly Hallows', and I don't know if this is from just thinking about certain events in the book 'because I was in tears when I had first read it, as most people were', or if his analysis added to the story, like some sort of 'if you're crying at this point, you know how Harry cast his spell.' Jason Isaacs, who portrays Lucius Malfoy in the film versions, said that the Potter series are 'like crack' and I have to say that I'm totally addicted, like so many others. So, naturally, anything about Potter has the chance of being lots of fun, and this book is certainly that. Oh, and one other thing: this isn't the only book John Granger has published on the subject. But if you're still up in the air about whether or not to get it, you should read a few of the essays at hogwartsprofessor.com, and you should know that Mr. Granger's credentials are pretty damn good I and many others hold the University of Chicago and its alums in high regard.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes there is, just look up The unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook. I put a 4 page review there saying all the spells I know. Hope this helps!<br> ~FlowerCharmLizard
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book to read if you are wanting to dig deeper into the meanings & symbolism of the Harry Potter series. Especially if you have been curious about the religious symbolism or ethics of the magic in the books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book & would recommend it to muggle who is curious about or hungering for more Harry Potter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want a book with all the spells so I can add to my HP collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that i like the most but dont take my word for it read it your self
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Dina and i love Harry Potter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JK ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HARRY POTTER FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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BOO!!!!! This book stanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ripoff!!!!!!!! i am only nine and it has alot of cuss words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will you stop saying bad words I am only 9 !!!!!!!!!!! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!UGH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can go online to the librarys website and under a book it schould say e book add that to your bag not audiobook, e book and u must have adobe reader or something lile tjat amd as soon as you check out from the website the book scgould appear on it but u must sign up for an adobe account first. Then just drag the picture on the screen of the book to the thing on the left that says nook (where your nook is plugged into the computer)and rhats it!!!!
artistpeace More than 1 year ago
Its a little boring
Dina-ReviewTime More than 1 year ago
Harry Potter has captured the imaginations of millions of children and adults from every walk of life. The series has possibly experienced more popularity than any other book of the last fifty years having sold millions of copies around the world. With this in mind many have asked "Why is Harry Potter is so insanely popular?" As a fan of the Harry Potter series I already knew the answer, but this book has wrought to light many of the Christian aspects of series which I over looked. How Harry Potter casts his spells is an interesting look in to the Christian aspects of the Harry Potter Book series. Below is the Table of Contents taken from the book. I like the way the Author wrote an explanation of each chapter in such a informative and humorous way. Through this book the Author adds a touch of humor to his writing. Acknowledgments Publisher's Preface Introduction 1: Magic, Fantasy, and Transcendence The magic in Harry Potter is traditional literary spellwork that acts as a counterspell to the materialism of our times. 2: Cosmic White Hats and Black Hats The Harry Potter Novels revolve around the central conflict of good and evil 3: The Hero's Journey Harry's adventures take him through life, death and resurrection 4: The Alchemy of Spiritual Growth The story of cycles are built on the stages of transformation 5: One Person, Two Natures Doppelgangers point to the struggle of dual natures- and their resolution in the God-Man. 6:Don't Judge, Lest You Be Judged Surprise endings suggest a remedy for the evils of prejudice 7: The Triumph of Love over Death The mystery of death meets the ultimate answer 8: The Question of Identity Harry defines himself through choices, change, and destiny 9: Evidence of Things Unseen The symbols in Potterdom are powerful pointers to spiritual realities 10: Fun with Names The character names are delightful puzzles with hidden spiritual meanings 11: The Purification of the Soul Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 12: Dangerous Books and Edifying Books Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 13: Despair and Delivery Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban 14: Girded with Virtue Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 15: Dark night of the Soul Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the the Order of the Phoenix 16: Baptism into a Sacrificial Death Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 17: Choosing to Believe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the stuggle with faith in story form 18: Christian Birth through Baptism Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the alchemical adventures of a Christian Everyman 19: Victory Over Death Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the Passion gospel of Christian Everyman 20: FAQs The other big questions on the minds of Harry Potter reader's Notes My Personal Opinion "How Harry Cast His Spell:The Meaning Behind the Mania for J. K. Rowling's Bestselling Books" is an interesting read for any Christian fan of Harry Potter, this book shows that Christian symbolism is easily found in the Harry Potter series for those willing to search for it.
booksalot More than 1 year ago
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.
ChildofImmanuel More than 1 year ago
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.