The Deathly Hallows Lectures

The Deathly Hallows Lectures

by John Granger

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The fastest-selling book in publication history, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS was a critical success and is loved by fans around the world. In THE DEATHLY HALLOWS LECTURES, John Granger reveals the Potter finale's brilliant details, themes and meanings. Even the most ardent of Harry Potter fans will be surprised by and delighted with the Hogwarts Professor's explanations of the three dimensions of meaning in DEATHLY HALLOWS to include why Ms. Rowling chose to make Lily's eyes green, why Harry buried Moody's eye where and when he did, and why Ollivander prefers the three wand cores he does. Ms. Rowling has said that alchemy sets the "parameters of magic" in the series; after reading the chapter-length explanation of DEATHLY HALLOWS as the final stage of the alchemical Great Work in THE DEATHLY HALLOWS LECTURES, the serious reader will understand how important literary alchemy is in understanding Rowling's artistry and accomplishment. The other seven chapters explore, among other things, the five writing tricks Ms. Rowling uses to work her story magic, the deciphering of the "Triangular Eye" symbol for the three Hallows, Harry's "struggle to believe" in Albus Dumbledore, why Ms. Rowling revealed that she "always thought" of the Headmaster as gay, and the more than 25 echoes of her first book, PHILOSOPHER'S STONE, in DEATHLY HALLOWS. Did you wonder why Fred died in the end? Why Harry went underground seven times in Deathly Hallows? Granger explains how Ms. Rowling's story formula required these twists - - - as well as two trips to King's Cross and two meetings with Albus Dumbledore at story's end. John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, has spoken about the meaning and magic of Harry Potter at major universities from coast to coast and as a Keynote Speaker at fan conventions in the United States and Canada. Enjoy these lectures to learn the ins and outs and fascinating depths of DEATHLY HALLOWS - - - information unavailable anywhere else!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972322171
Publisher: Unlocking Press
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 809,576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Deathly Hallows Lectures 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Demarest More than 1 year ago
I'm probably biased in that I enjoy John Granger's analysis of the Potter books more than any other author's, and that's probably because this isn't the only one of his books that I've read, and that I've met the author, but who cares. Granger's work on Potter is pretty unrivaled (except by Nancy S. Villaluz, who lives up to her arrogant dust-jacket by writing an extremely good book - she can talk the talk and walk the walk). This specific book is a series of essays devoted to the events in the seventh Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. At the moment and to my knowledge, it is the only book of its type. I was delighted to see his essays on analyzing the epilogue (the "All Was Well" ending) and his essay on Potter and Dante. Both of these essays were on his website, but there were also new essays on the meaning of the Hallows symbol, etc. This is probably one of his most well-edited books (his early books have some typos) besides "How Harry Cast His Spell" (another good book of his). Again, I highly recommend ordering this one.
mkbrsm More than 1 year ago
For anyone who believes that Harry Potter is evil this book is an eye-opener. I find all of John Granger's books on Harry Potter and use them often to explain to people the Christian content of the books
vpfluke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was quite impressed by this analysis of the seventh and final novel in the Harry Potter series. I have not read any of the other books by John Granger, so I have a fresh look at Granger. His style of writing is cribbed from his lectures, so this is not entirely smooth. But he has really absorbed Harry Potter and his confreres and comes up with some ideas about Deathly Hallows and the whole series that greatly expands my own thoughts.I have seen Deathly Hallows as a Christian liturgical process. John Granger sees this too, but overlays it with a spiritual alchemical process, somewhat in the sense that Jung saw alchemy. Granger is careful to break the book up into three sections, each corresponding with an alchemical process. First is the nigredo (black) period in which Harry has a real dark night of the soul with Dumbledore and what he has meant for his life. The second is the albedo (white) stage, after light comes back into his life, abetted by Ron Weasley, who has reappeared, and Harry's "baptism." The third is the rubedo (red) stage, which happens mostly back in Hogwarts, and Harry follows a Christlike passion and resurrection in his final successful fight with the Dark Lord. Granger sees the epilogue as a bit of latter-dy trinitarian experience, whereas I have been thinking of a Whitsunday experience. Granger likes the idea of the medieval fourfold interpretation of scripture and applies it iwith something of a variation to Deathly Hallows. The four types of interpretation are literal, moral, symbolic (or allegorical), and anagogical. Granger uses these categories: surface, edifying, and alchemical. To some degree the alchemical resembles the anagogical, and he sees the symbolic as permeating the three other types. Nevertheless, multiple layers of meaning are to be found in scripture, Deathly Hallows, and other great works of literature. And the meanings interpenetrate in both types.The authors Granger most oftern refers to are C.S. Lewis, Dante, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Shakespeare. A whole chapter is spent on Dante and his Divine Comedy, and comparing that with Rowling's story.Another significant influence on Granger is that of traditonalism, the "sophia perennis". This is the idea that there is an underlying unity in all the great religions, that we have largely overlooked in the modern age. The exponents that Granger refers to most often are Rene Guenon, Frithjof Schuon, and Titus Burckhardt. So, while Harry Potter has many Christian ovetones in his journey, anyone can appreciate him, as the hero is following a traditional path of understanding and transformation that speaks deeply to our soul.
horcrux_seeker More than 1 year ago
I am only 8 pages in but this is an AMAZING book. Do not think it is an easy read though...the topics and diction are both very advanced. THis is an amazing book for those looking to design a HArry Potter curriculum for High School or College classes.
hrlHL More than 1 year ago
John Granger Wriites so well that one reads this book for its style as much as for the sometimes convoluted theories about Harry's adventures and their theological and philosophical meaning.It is a touching and meaningful book.
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booksalot More than 1 year ago
I have read John Granger for years since there are so few Christian Potter analysts. As is typical with Granger's self-published books (he owns Zossima Press), he tends to spend just a few weeks assembling his long, disjointed lectures into an "instant book" (as he informed us in an interview last fall). This inevitably causes a certain amount of repetitiveness, odd pleas for money/book-sales, grammar errors, overlong passages, and reader fatigue. Page 189 of my copy even has some peer editors suggestions accidentally left behind ("You used this line above elsewhere..." "...made no sense as used so I suggested cutting it.") Despite its length, I actually don't feel that this book is as complete or entertaining as the adventurous first installment of Nancy Solon Villaluz' new Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling study trilogy, "Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons?" (Which I thoroughly enjoyed and believe will appeal to a much broader audience than Granger's book's style.) However, that is not to say that there isn't any information that makes one's effort in this book worthwhile. I suggest buying both Granger and Villaluz' books if you're the PHD type. If you're not the PHD type, then you might not enjoy being lectured by The Deathly Hallows Lectures.