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As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways in which we perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their astonishing sales and widespread acclaim As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways in which we perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their astonishing sales and widespread acclaim. They have also generated a plethora of writing--by critics, academics, and fans. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books could easily be called this generation's most formative narratives, and thus certainly warrant critical attention. This new volume of essays covers the entire seven-book sequence. Contributors consider myriad themes from a variety of perspectives. Areas addressed include religion, morality, race, magic, and other themes popular in discussing the books. With this book in hand, fans of the series--indeed anyone interested in the Harry Potter phenomenon--will better appreciate and understand Rowling's work and the impact of her stories on our culture and on our times.


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As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways in which we perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their astonishing sales and widespread acclaim As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways in which we perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their astonishing sales and widespread acclaim. They have also generated a plethora of writing--by critics, academics, and fans. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books could easily be called this generation's most formative narratives, and thus certainly warrant critical attention. This new volume of essays covers the entire seven-book sequence. Contributors consider myriad themes from a variety of perspectives. Areas addressed include religion, morality, race, magic, and other themes popular in discussing the books. With this book in hand, fans of the series--indeed anyone interested in the Harry Potter phenomenon--will better appreciate and understand Rowling's work and the impact of her stories on our culture and on our times.

30 review for Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    3.5 stars to be honest. I accidentaly found this book in my Uni's library and since I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I had never read a book of critical essays on Harry Potter I decided to borrow it and give it a chance. The book is split into four parts * "Harry the teenager: muggle themes in magical adolescence" * "Religion and morality" * "Politics of Harry Potter: issues of gender, race and class" * "Socio-cultural impact of the Harry Potter series" and in each we can find essays on those subjec 3.5 stars to be honest. I accidentaly found this book in my Uni's library and since I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I had never read a book of critical essays on Harry Potter I decided to borrow it and give it a chance. The book is split into four parts * "Harry the teenager: muggle themes in magical adolescence" * "Religion and morality" * "Politics of Harry Potter: issues of gender, race and class" * "Socio-cultural impact of the Harry Potter series" and in each we can find essays on those subjects. I personally found the first part of the book the most interesting and even though some of the other essays were strong I felt the book deflated by the end. I also felt that most of the time the authors had already a desired conclusion in mind before even writing the essay and that, to me, made the whole analysis a bit forced. Overall it was an enjoyable and entertaining reading, and I'd highly recommend this book to any Harry Potter fan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    As with most compiled critical essays, there are some hits and misses. Chantal M. Lavoie's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Lies in Harry Potter"; Patricia Donaher and James M. Okapal's "Causation, Prophetic Visions, and the Free Will Question in Harry Potter"; Ximena Gallardo C. and C. Jason Smith's "Happily Ever After: Harry Potter and the Quest for the Domestic"; and Leslee Friedman's "Militant Literacy: Hermione Granger, Rita Skeeter, Dolores Umbridge, and the (Mis)use of Text" are some of As with most compiled critical essays, there are some hits and misses. Chantal M. Lavoie's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Lies in Harry Potter"; Patricia Donaher and James M. Okapal's "Causation, Prophetic Visions, and the Free Will Question in Harry Potter"; Ximena Gallardo C. and C. Jason Smith's "Happily Ever After: Harry Potter and the Quest for the Domestic"; and Leslee Friedman's "Militant Literacy: Hermione Granger, Rita Skeeter, Dolores Umbridge, and the (Mis)use of Text" are some of the stronger pieces. Others are less interesting or seem to be grasping at straws. As a whole, the book has a lot of interesting critical analysis, but it could have been better curated. There also should have been a more stringent editor - typos and jarring errors like mistaking Sirius for Snape and Lucius for Malfoy (from different essays) are too frequent. I'm not unhappy to have read this, however.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Guin Hartinger

    A great entry point to criticism of Harry Potter. This work is superior to its predecessor 'Reading Harry Potter' in that it examines all seven books and is not limited to the first four. Insightful. A great entry point to criticism of Harry Potter. This work is superior to its predecessor 'Reading Harry Potter' in that it examines all seven books and is not limited to the first four. Insightful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frida

    I enjoyed the theological chapters and the chapter about "choice".. But some of the essays I felt were written with more feeling than reason. I enjoyed the theological chapters and the chapter about "choice".. But some of the essays I felt were written with more feeling than reason.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Militantly Romantic

    TOTES BIASED!!!

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    Jennifer

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    Hanna

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    Patricia Ritsema van Eck

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    Heather

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    Christoffer

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    Emily

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    Yara (The Narratologist)

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    Michala Escherich

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    Lucia Herda

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    Amie Doughty

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    Nguyen quang Viet

  30. 5 out of 5

    Drew.menster

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