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Colin Duriez overviews J. K. Rowling's life, puts her work into the context of fantasy literature, analyzes the spiritual themes in the Harry Potter books and provides a succinct overview of the books. (Note: unauthorized version)
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About the Author
He studied at the University of Istanbul, the University of Ulster (where he was a founding member of the Irish Christian Study Centre) and under Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri in Huemoz, Switzerland. He has held a variety of teaching and editorial posts spanning nearly thirty years. Duriez won the Clyde S. Kilby Award in 1994 for his research on the Inklings. He has published many articles, books and other written works, and he has spoken to a variety of literary, academic and professional groups in a number of countries.
He has also appeared as a commentator on the extended-version film DVDs of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson, director), PBS's The Question of God, which compared C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, and the Sony DVD Ringers about Tolkien fandom and the impact of Tolkien on popular culture. His best-known books include The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia (Crossway/SPCK), The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter, Chalice), J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship (Paulist Press/Sutton), Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings (Paulist Press/Sutton) and A Field Guide to Narnia (InterVarsity Press).
Table of ContentsPreface
Abbreviations and Frequent ContractionsPart One: The World of Harry Potter
1. The Life and Times of J. K. Rowling
2. Key Themes in Harry Potter
3. J. K. Rowlinǵs Spiritual World View
4. Images of Good and Evil
5. Standing in the Great Tradition of Childreńs Literature
6. The Storytelleŕs CraftPart Two: An Abecedarian Guide to Harry Potteŕs World
7. An A-Z of Beings, Places, Things and Events
Appendix 1: There and Back Again: An Overview of the Seven Stories
Appendix 2: A Harry Potter Timeline
Appendix 3: Books about J. K. Rowling's Deeper Magic
What People are Saying About This
"The Field Guide to Harry Potter puts the monumental works of J. K. Rowling in the literary context of great Christian writers of the past-- which is where they belong. Besides all this, it was a delight to read. Those who are bereaved of reading the Harry Potter books after the seventh now have a field guide not only to Rowling's works but to the rich historic tapestry of similar literature into which it has been woven and from which many of its varied threads were gathered."
Connie Neal, author of Wizards, Wardrobes and Wookiees and The Gospel According to Harry Potter
"Harry Potter fans mourning the end of the series now have good reason to cheer. In the Field Guide to Harry Potter, Colin Duriez combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the Potterverse with a careful analysis of its thematic ingredients and position in the literary canon. Packed with invaluable lists, overviews and timelines, this book also delivers profound insights about the moral importance of J. K. Rowling's stories and the meaningful tradition that informs them."
Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D., author of Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C. S. Lewis