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The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure

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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 meaning, and the answers to questions like these:
* What five writing tricks does Joanne Rowling use to work her story magic
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Paperback, 290 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Zossima Press
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Mindy
If reading through the Harry Potter series didn't alert you to the genius that is J.K. Rowling, this book will certainly set off the alarms. If you already knew the books were brilliant, this book will open your eyes further and tell you how much genius you missed. It's evident after reading the Harry Potter series that Ms. Rowling had her stories planned from the beginning, throwing in tantalizing hints about future story lines and bringing everything to a close by the end of the Deathly Hallow ...more
Michael
Excellent literary analysis of The Deathly Hallows. Some parts are more readable than others, but Granger's analysis is spot on. He does a great job covering all three layers of meaning in this book -- the surface level, the moral/edifying level, and the alchemical/metaphysical level.

Some of his thoughts on the seeing eye/I struck me as seemingly pantheistic, e.g., the unicity of all things or seeing beneath the surface of things to behold the Logos/Christ there. But on further reflection, it d
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Adam Ross
For serious readers of Harry Potter. Granger is an excellent writer and critic, and does a close reading of the Deathly Hallows. The book pays attention to detail, but wanders into very esoteric areas in the last three chapters and it seems Granger may be trying to claim more territory than is possible to do. He ventures into detailed discussions of Coleridgian "natural theology," the inner-self/logos, and a highly technical discussion of the Eastern Orthodox view of images/iconographic symbolis ...more
Shannon
I want to start by saying that this book needs a really good edit - get someone on that John!

What started out as an amazingly wonderful look at the pure genius that is JK and her writings seemed to turn more into a "grasping at straws" book in some of the chapters. The first three chapters and the fifth, I found to be super interesting and they left me wondering whether JK is even more of a literary god than I ever thought possible or whether it all just happened to fit. I now really wonder how
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Sarah
This provided some good insight into the final book in the Harry Potter series. I learned why JK wrote the way she did, along with more specific things like why Harry and Lily's eyes are green (why Harry has his mother's eyes). In order to find these things out, however, you really need to plow through a ton of information. I felt like I was reading a text book, but the book was filled with terms I didn't quite understand. So, I had to skim most of it and get the gist of what the writer was sayi ...more
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We read excerpts from this for my Children's Literature class, and I loved them. Mr. Granger's style is very engaging. His analysis is far-reaching but interesting.
Robert
As most other reviewers have noted, this book suffers from being slapped together and badly needs a revised edition with serious editing. That being said, it does bring together most of Granger's deep insights into JKR's literary methods and intentions. It's well worth reading, especially if you haven't read Granger's earlier 5 Keys book.

The only really disappointing lecture for me is Chapter 6: "I always thought Dumbledore was gay". While Granger's basic thesis is correct that authorial additio
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Bookworm1858
The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger
Zossima, 2008
276 pages
Non-fiction; Harry Potter
2/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: An examination of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to look at its multiple layers and meanings and argue for the greater significance of these children's books.

Thoughts: I had read some other Granger books and while there were some boring sections, I thought it would be worth it to read some more. I was wrong-I was so bored and I struggled to finish it (I'm not sure why
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Kaitlin
While mildly interesting, especially in light of my current theory classes, the number of facts this "Harry Potter professor" messed up coupled with the sheer farfetchedness of some of his arguments made me roll my eyes. It did however succeed in making me really want to reread Harry Potter.
Evan Hays
A little unfortunate that it was thrown together so hastily (I try not to complain about this, but the editing is really terrible), but the content is great. John Granger is awesome! I plan to read his other ones about the Harry Potter books as well.

His basic point is the evaluate Deathly Hallows and all the books seriously, as they should be. He shows convincingly the various literary/religious/philosophical backgrounds upon which she draws to writer her books. Seeing the books in this light is
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Lindsay
This was the second book I picked up by John Granger, the self-titled Hogwarts Professor. In anticipation of the final movie coming to theaters, I thought this would be a good choice, but I was not left with that same joy I felt after reading "Harry Potter's Bookshelf." That book felt more like a treasure hunt, while this was dense and repetitive especially as it related to the alchemical interpretation of the novel. While Granger is clearly a smart man and careful reader, I did not feel this bo ...more
Eli
I didn't enjoy this book as much as Granger's other two that I've read. That said, he deals with a lot of deeper issues and advanced philosophical and theological concepts that I've barely encountered before (particularly in the last few chapters when he focuses on the eye as image and symbol). Overall, this was another good analysis of the deeper structure and meaning of the Harry Potter books, and it rekindled my desire to finish rereading the series. The biggest drawback was that it suffered ...more
Diane
John Granger unlocks some of the more hidden, deeper meanings in The Deathly Hallows as well as the whole popular Harry Potter series. Reading this book gave me a greater awareness of J.K. Rowling's remarkable achievement in writing these books. The arguments he makes for his theories about these books are backed up by a rich understanding of literature, knowledge about Alchemy and traditional Biblical symbolism. After reading Granger's book I have a whole new appreciation for the Harry Potter s ...more
Melissa
I am just not ready to let go of Harry Potter. This was a very interesting analysis of the writing styles used by J.K. Rowling in the books. I am not sure if everything he claims was intended by Ms. Rowling, but reading this book has taught me some about literature in general. I am not a literary mind by nature, so I appreciated the education. It has helped me glean more from books that I have read since.
Debora Henriques
I’m a bit torn concerning this book. The first chapters amazed me and I couldn't stop reading, but towards the end it became gradually more and more tedious and difficult to follow. Also, I found some theories to be a bit far-fetched and almost impossible to comprehend, while others were brilliant and very easy to grasp.

I recommend the book to all Potter lovers, but beware… it’s not a page turner.
Jeanne
Way over my head and more complicated than I want these terrific stories to be. I read Harry Potter for the fun of the story and because I care about the characters. I don't need to know how the last book mirrors the first or the symbology of the wands or the imagery of the eye symbol in the books. I read for enjoyment and not to dissect the books I read. I ended up skimming most of the book.
Jen
I bought his arguements about the Harry Potter books are alchemical -- he showed enough parallels and proved that J. K. Rowling would know enough about alchemy to structure the books that way. However, I thought the rest of his theories were weak and unproven. Also, the extrememly poor editing of this book (misspellings, stray marks, etc.) was extremely distracting.
Amber Koppenhofer
Dec 15, 2011 Amber Koppenhofer marked it as to-read
I've read the first chapter of this book, and I find it very interesting, but I haven't touched the book in months, mainly because there are just other things I'm interested in reading at this time. Eventually I will read Deathly Hallows again, which will prompt me to want to finish this book. So hopefully I will return to reading this soon.
Joanie
This book is definitely geared more towards those who are heavy into literature, English majors, etc. If you are looking for a lighter and more entertaining breakdown of the Harry Potter Series, I would recommend Granger's "How Harry Cast His Spell." The Deathly Hallows Lectures was a little too dry and deep for my tastes.
Jaime
I can only give three stars because the editing was appalling to the point of pain. However, the lectures themselves are very interesting, if somewhat repetitive. I prefer other Granger books about Potter to this one, but it was still a worthwhile read and will make a good reference for essays.
Karin
Would have given it 5 stars but Granger's part about anagogical symbolism isn't explained as clearly as I'd like, or i just don;t get it yet, not having heard of it before.

Also the book needs better editing.

Lots of good info in it. Will bee rereading it again later this year.
Paul
Sep 11, 2009 Paul added it
I'm half way through and enjoying it as much the second time as the first. I skim some parts, but love re-discovering the details of the horcruxes, Luna Lovegood and Xenophillius, her Dad, and Ron's detour, and the silver doe and...
Katie
This was actually a mind blowing experience for me. My friends took to watching me read this book for their own entertainment because I had no control over my reactions. It was just SO interesting and eye-opening.
Alisha
Oct 08, 2012 Alisha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Although I am not necessarily convinced by all of Granger's theories, I found a lot of what he said to be substantiated in the text. The idea of a third layer of literary structure was fascinating.
Brooke Bernard
Absolutely wonderful. This book revealed so much about JKR's work and her sources, from alchemical works to C.S. Lewis to Dante. I could barely put it down.
Heather Acker
John Granger's acute analysis of The Deathly Hallows is somewhat dense, but highly informative for the Harry Potter fan.
Duke
John Granger doesn't understand the gravity of what he's revealed here.
Genavieve
i domt get this if u r a kid look away this looks like *#@$!
Lauri
Sep 25, 2011 Lauri added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Far too academic for me. Could not get past the intro.
Chechoui
Jan 26, 2013 Chechoui marked it as to-read
Boring, so I gave up. Maybe I'll try again someday.
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