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One of the most beloved stories in history, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series topped the best-seller charts, inspired the highest-grossing film series of all time, and has now become a $250 million Universal Studio theme park. What is it about this story that has ignited such fandom and struck such a chord with people around the world? As English professor, culture criti ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Baylor University Press
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Kitty Honeycutt
"ONE FINE POTION" BY GREG GARRETT

Greg Garrett expresses the literary magic of Harry Potter with a magic all his own in this book. After so many years J.K. Rowling's beloved series has had almost as many critics as it has had its die-hard fans. This book explains primarily one of the biggest controversies of all, Harry Potter and Christianity.

There have always been those that condemned the books for their darkness, and witchcraft without realizing the light and good. The point being well made tha
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Charlie
This book confirmed some of my thoughts about Harry Potter and its significance. Why aren't we using Harry Potter as a tool to teach about myths and heroes? I know my students would appreciate it.
Adam Ross
The mark of a great book discussing the Harry Potter books, especially if, like me, you have kept abreast of the current Potter scholarship, is that you learn something knew or see the Potter books in a new light. Greg Garrett's book is exactly this sort of book, and I might even say it is best introduction, for the reader new to the theology of Harry Potter, yet written. Garrett gave me new eyes to see in many places, or approached the Potter books from a fresh angle.

This is not, of course, to
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Robin
In my duplex review of two religious interpretations of Harry Potter, I wrapped up with a list of additional books covering the criticism of Harry Potter from a religious or mythical point of view. One reason I didn't include this book on that list was that, at the time, I wasn't sure it had anything to do with religion; another is that I had it on my shelf. An Advance Reading Copy, in fact, dating back to before the book's release in October 2010. I only remembered that it was stuck in some sha ...more
Lacy Compton
Fantastic exploration of Harry Potter and its intersections with religion, community, and several other significant themes overlapping the series. Garrett does an excellent job of mixing literary scholarship with theological thinking/research with a bit of pop culture commentary thrown in, making it an accessible introduction into scholarship on the Harry Potter world. I delighted in learning several new things about the series and particularly welcomed the challenges he makes to why Christians ...more
Kai
One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter is a great summary of all seven Harry Potter books. It gives an in-depth analysis of good vs. evil, Harry Potter's worlds: Muggle and Magic, and the similarities between the Bible and the Harry Potter books. It even analyze the Harry Potter craze of why the books are so popular and why there are so much controversies that Church is against these books. It also shows the similarities between C.S. Lewis and the Tolkien novels.

For those who haven
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Gretchen
This book is about the Harry Potter books. The author has critically examined the books, and posits various important themes that run throughout the books. He also focuses on the fact that though some people have criticized the books as being Satanic, they actually have been influenced by Rowling's Christian faith and have a lot of similar Christian elements in the stories. If you like the Harry Potter books, this is an interesting read. It is interesting to view the books from a more literary a ...more
Kyra
Really fantastic, especially as a Harry Potter fan and member of the HP Generation. I've never been adequately capable of answering someone who asks me why I love Harry Potter and the books so much. One Fine Potion gave me a definite answer, not to mention it made me appreciate the books and what they have done for me more than I could imagine.
Daniel
Almost as good as reading Harry Potter books is reading books about Harry Potter books! A great look at the deeper themes that allows Harry to take hold in our lives!
Kate
This was a really interesting read. I loved being able to look at the HP books from a different angle.
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Greg Garrett is the author of novels, including The Prodigal (with Brennan Manning), Free Bird (chosen by Publishers' Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the best fiction debuts of 2002), Cycling, and Shame, the memoirs Crossing Myself and No Idea, and books on theology, popular culture, politics, and narrative including Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in the Popular Imaginati ...more
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