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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
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Aug 06, 2012

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bookshelves: kindle, 2012

A little longer than necessary; the bad guy got caught monologuing again... But witty and enjoyable. Rowling does have the power to create a rich world.

After reading the first four books—for purposes of cultural literacy and, I admit, enjoyment—I reviewed one of Alan Jacobs' Harry Potter essays in First Things and I think he has a wise take.

And here's my take: I like it that Harry is not exactly a super-power—at least within his own world. He loves his friends and they love him, and that's why he wins (when he wins). He can fly a broom pretty well, but beyond that he has no special powers except for that love. This theme isn't played in a treacly way but a rich one, I would say.
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