Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series

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From the Dursleys as social commentary to a look at Snape's role in less than child-friendly fanfiction . . . from the parallels between Azkaban and Abu Ghraib to the role of religion at Hogwarts . . . from why Dumbledore had to die to why killing Harry never should have been part of Voldemort's plan to begin with . . . Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice offers a comprehensive look at the Harry Potter series through the eyes of leading science fiction and fantasy ...
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Overview


From the Dursleys as social commentary to a look at Snape's role in less than child-friendly fanfiction . . . from the parallels between Azkaban and Abu Ghraib to the role of religion at Hogwarts . . . from why Dumbledore had to die to why killing Harry never should have been part of Voldemort's plan to begin with . . . Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice offers a comprehensive look at the Harry Potter series through the eyes of leading science fiction and fantasy writers and religion, psychology, and science experts.

This book has not been authorized by J. K. Rowling, Warner Bros. or anyone associated with the Harry Potter books or films.

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VOYA
The Harry Potter book had the potential to be just another coming-of-age boarding school novel series, but in the hands of a talented, culturally literate creator, Harry, his friends, and his enemies have become icons. Lackey collects a group of insightful, sometimes funny essays that analyze Harry's world in contexts that include religion, heroism, psychology, politics, and myth. Harry is the central character and the driving force behind the essays, but many focus on characters other than Harry, including Neville Longbottom. One essay that may be of particular interest to teachers and book discussion group leaders is Why Dumbledore Had to Die, which explores the death of Harry's mentor in the tradition of the hero's journey, comparing Harry's story to Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and other popular hero's journeys. The Curious Attractiveness of Professor Snape examines Snape's online fandom role as a "thinking woman's sex symbol." The wide range of topics and deep levels of analysis in these essays make this book an indispensable guide for students who wish to explore the Harry Potter series against the backdrop of literary traditions. All of the highly readable essays are written by respected science fiction and fantasy authors, some of whom have written or spoken at professional conferences on the topic of Harry Potter. This collection is recommended for academic libraries, especially those where there is a high interest in popular culture. VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, BenBella Books, 195p.,Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Carlisle Kraft Webber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100594
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 1,019,333
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the author of more than 60 books, including the Diana Tregarde, Elvenbane, and Valdemar series. She lives in Claremore, Oklahoma.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Interesting theories

    This was a great guide to many of the theories that are floating around about what will happen in book seven. If you love to search the websites and debate with others, this is the book to have! Written for the intelligent potter fan, if explores philosophy, fan-fic, and scholarly analysis!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Quirky and Compelling

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It is a great way to analyize the world of Harry Potter in a way I had never expericned. Enlightening and worth the read.

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