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Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger
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May 13, 2009

it was ok

Meh. Analyzing HP seemed to take the fun out of it.
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message 1: by Robin (new)

Robin I didn't even know this book existed but I feel that you're probably right...analyzing the books would probably suck the fun out of them. They've been demonized mostly and then you read that the Lord of the Rings tells the Christian story. I gotta be honest. I never fell asleep reading the Harry Potter books and I don't think there's a dime's worth of difference in the vehicle that's used between the two.

message 2: by Suzanne (last edited May 15, 2009 06:45AM) (new)

Suzanne I really think that John Granger takes his analysis too far. I mean, when he says that the name "Harry" is analogous to "heir," with a Cockney accent, I'm sorry, but I just don't buy it. Persaonally, I just don't see Harry as a Christ figure. He and his friends are too much into revenge for that, in my opinion. Contrast that with Frodo's constant attitude of mercy toward Gollum, whom everyone despised. I didnt' read all of the HP books, but I read a couple of them, and they are exciting reading. If they're not taken too seriously, I think the HP books are good reading for middle school aged children, but I think there should be an adult available to discuss what they've read and head off any tangential thinking. I think this is true for all books that children read. Mr. Granger, for all his experience as a parent and a teacher of classical literature, became enamored of finding and expounding upon symbols in these books; so much so that, I think, he found symbols where there were none. This is a common "accident" of literature critics. Just read these for fun. I think that's why Ms. Rowling wrote them, anyway.

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