Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures

Harry Potter s Bookshelf The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures Harry Potter The name conjures up J K Rowling s wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockb

  • Title: Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures
  • Author: John Granger
  • ISBN: 9780425229798
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • Harry Potter The name conjures up J.K Rowling s wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockbuster films The true magic found in this children s fantasy series lies not only in its appeal to people of all ages but in its connection to the greater world of classic lHarry Potter The name conjures up J.K Rowling s wondrous world of magic that has captured the imaginations of millions on both the printed page and the silver screen with bestselling novels and blockbuster films The true magic found in this children s fantasy series lies not only in its appeal to people of all ages but in its connection to the greater world of classic literature Harry Potter s Bookshelf The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures explores the literary landscape of themes and genres J.K Rowling artfully wove throughout her novels and the influential authors and stories that inspired her From Jane Austen s Emma and Charles Dickens s class struggles, through the gothic romances of Dracula and Frankenstein and the detective mysteries of Dorothy L Sayers, to the dramatic alchemy of C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and William Shakespeare, Rowling cast a powerful spell with the great books of English literature that transformed the story of a young wizard into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

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    1. Okay, I admit it - I love Harry Potter. I have the books in both the American and British editions (yes, there are differences). Though I had never heard of this book, when I received it for Christmas I was excited because it looked right up my alley. Written by a professor, this book takes a look at the literary influences on the beloved series, both those that J.K. Rowling acknowledges and those she has not. Granger takes a systematic approach, tackling surface meaning, moral meaning, allegori [...]

    2. I've never read the Harry Potter novels. However, I've read "dissect famous English literature to see how they work" books before and found them fascinating, so I was interested when I got this unrequested review copy in the mail. The author based his selection of comparison books on books mentioned by J.K. Rowling in interviews or simply by their strong similarities to her novels on certain points. He didn't get his information directly from Rowling and sometimes even argued against her claims [...]

    3. I was so very interested in reading this book. Harry Potter is by no means perfect, but I've always found them to be solid stories worth reading again and again. But this book was, in my opinion, quite terrible. First, the author forces his points in a way reminiscent of bad high school literary analysis. Granger has a point to make and, by golly, he's going to make it. He cherrypicks examples and ignores anything that might contradict his point. He forces things into his way of thinking. I kid [...]

    4. The positive first: aside from the attention to Austen and Bronte which I find fascinating, the author discusses more interesting works that Rowling alludes to. There's Tom Brown, the Bible, Dorothy Sayers, Wide Saragasso sea and more. However, there was much summary of the works, a superficial treatment of themes and motifs and little else. Having done in-deptha analyses of her Austenian allusions, as well as the Narnia connections I think much more could have been done. Moreover, he misses out [...]

    5. Interesting reading of the Potter books in relation to a number of genres, including Gothic, mystery, Boarding school story, and satire, and via four layers of meaning: the surface story, the moral meaning, the allegorical meaning, and the mythic or anagogical meaning. He places the text in relation to works by Sayers, Austen, Mary Shelley, Plato, and Dickens, among others.

    6. Having read the Harry Potter series numerous times, I thought it would be a good idea to read a book like this one — that dissects the Potter stories and shows their connections to other works of literature from which Rowling drew (in some cases) inspiration. Granger teaches about Harry Potter to college students, so reading this book sort of felt like I was in school again, tackling a reading assignmentexcept I didn't have to take a test or do any homework afterward.Jo Rowling has said that J [...]

    7. This book was completely fascinating to me, and my first thought upon finishing it was that I needed to read it again. Granger basically uses this book to answer the question: Why are the Harry Potter books so popular? But he does so much more than that. He discusses literary traditions and devices that have been used for a long time, citing examples in a wide array of 'Great Books'. He talks about what the symbolism means, and why it resonates with us as human beings. He talks about the extensi [...]

    8. I ws genuinely enjoying the book with parallels being drawn between HP and other great works of English literature. The story streams, settings and flows of narrative were shrewdly picked up and apart to show how they linked with broader literature genres and I got a few ideas of what to read next. However, in the last two or three chapters the author gets carried away and embarks on Christian symbolism and alchemy galore which quite frankly sounded too much and too far-fetched, most of it. I gu [...]

    9. Pretty good. Granger, an English prof, works to unveil some of the allusions and connections to broader literature in the Potter novels. While the English Major in me wanted more close readings of the various texts, the book serves as a solid introduction for the general reader to the incredible literary worth and depth in the Potter saga. Granger paints a picture both fascinating (Snape as Wuthering Heights' Heathcliff and Paradise's Dante) and disturbing (Order of the Phoentix as secret societ [...]

    10. I recently completed my first read through the Harry Potter novels (a little late to the game, I know) and was eager to see what John Granger had to say about the books behind the books. I was not disappointed. He not only drew my attention to things I did not know about Rowling as an author and about the Potter novels themselves but also about the English literary tradition (who knew that literary alchemy was behind Romeo and Juliet and A Tale of Two Cities? or that a Doppelgänger is more than [...]

    11. I heard about John Granger from various podcasts about Harry Potter. I was delighted to know that there was so much more to the Harry Potter story than I originally thought. I was not a fan of mythology or philosophy so was thrilled Granger introduced me to the deeper meanings of Harry Potter. I figured his books would be good.However, Harry Potter's bookshelves did not give me the thrill I got from listening to John Granger in podcasts. The bookshelves did introduce me to a world of what Britis [...]

    12. It's a great idea to explore writers and ideas that inspired J.K. Rowling to create a beloved hero and his saga. The author finds that many relevant writers are, in a way, present in Rowling's writing. Jane Austen, Dickens, Tolkien and others are mentioned. It's not only the writers but phylosophy/religion as well. Alchemy and Christian mythology are said to guide the storyline and characters behavior. I was intrigued by the theories and even believe some to be completely logical. At least it ma [...]

    13. This book is a great review of the literature that influenced Harry Potter and how deftly JK Rowling mixed genres and themes to create the master piece of Harry Potter. Any Harry Potter nerd will love. I wish the book was longer and included more about the Christian symbols that were commonly used by others are seen in Harry Potter. The author wrote about those in another book, which isn't available at my library.

    14. Can you believe it has been 20 years since Harry Potter first came out? On our weekly radio show Viewpoints Radio, we discuss all things Harry Potter and why we still love it after all these years. We spoke with author John Granger about this affection. If you would like to hear about Pottermania, check out this link! viewpointsradio.wordpress

    15. Mind-blowing.The way that Granger is able to establish evidence and elaborate on all the inner-workings of the Harry Potter novels in a scholarly manner is wonderful. I couldn't put the down, and it has now taken me on a journey to read so many books that influenced Rowling.

    16. Interesting read about Rowling's influences, acknowledged by her and/or deduced by the author. Parts were more intellectual than interesting, but on the whole it was readable by a non-literary scholar. Made me want to reread the HP series!

    17. That was such a fab book. I learned so much, last but not least that a lot of research went into Harry Potter before the author even started writing the series.

    18. This is one of those books that is so great it's hard to write a review. If you love Harry Potter and Literature, this book is fascinating on every level and chapter. I learned so much!

    19. Aunque he leido otros libros del tipo (como The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles y The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived), siempre me dejan con la sensación de que alguien está usando a Potter de pretexto para hablar de psicología/filosofía/whatnot. Incluso si te gustan esos temas, pocas veces logran conectarlos al libro de forma coherente y natural. En este caso la experiencia fue diferente. No soy una gran entusiasta del [...]

    20. Okay so, I don't have near enough knowledge to argue and engage with this book as far as what it proposes. I wanted to read it because I've been following the Mugglenet Academia podcast since it began and the academia + HP is hella cool. But I will say the last section definitely gets trippy, a bit sketch, but definitely interesting. Is the Hogwarts Professor right that the series is full of literary alchemy? No, really, someone tell me. As to the circle talk, this much he covers in Mugglenet Ac [...]

    21. This is an accessible and overall enjoyable look at the literary influences and ancestors to Rowling's Harry Potter series. The text is written for a general rather than an academic audience while not being simplistic or overly generalized. The further I got through it though, the more repetitive it began to feel. There are a couple of places where the exact same passage from the books is reprinted (in one case taking up over half a page on both occasions). Though they are to illustrate differen [...]

    22. I had mixed feelings about reading this book. My first reaction was "Harry Potter, YAY!!!!" but then I thought about all the books I studied in college and how scholarly analysis tends to take the fun out of reading. I couldn't stand it if that happened to Harry Potter. However, after listening to several episodes of MuggleNet's Alohomora! podcast and enjoying it immensely, I decided to risk it and read this book.While a little bit dry in places (some of those sentences seriously went on for abo [...]

    23. Explorer l'univers de Rowling en se basant sur ses sources littéraires, une excellente idée qu'a eu John Granger dans ce livre.Ou l'on découvre l'influence de Jane Austen, de certains auteurs pour enfants britanniques, de la littérature gothique sur Harry Potter Certains auteurs sont connus, mais d'autres complètement inconnus !Les explications sont claires, et je me suis dit plein de fois "mais oui, mais c'est bien sûr !". Les chapitres de la fin en rapport avec les symboles spirituels m' [...]

    24. An entertaining mix of compelling ideas and complete bullshit. The first section is most accurate, and then it rapidly degenerates into hilarity. For instance, Granger asserts that Voldemort, Dumbledore, and Harry and the allegorical characters for the three brother in "The Tale of Three Brothers", when clearly the three brothers correspond better to Voldemort, Snape and Harry (with Dumbledore as a stand-in for Death, if you so desire). There are also minor errors, such as claiming that "muggleb [...]

    25. If a bit heavy-handed in its reading-in, so to speak, it makes up for it in knowledge and detail concerning the "great books" it discusses. There always seems to me to be a bit of grasping-at-straws attitude when it comes to books about books about the books that built the books. Studies have sprung up in wake of The Lord of the Rings' commercial success, as well as Narnia and various others (Percy Jackson comes to mind, with Riordan's playful pop-cultural update of Greek Myth)--and they invaria [...]

    26. The Harry-Potter-obsessed-English-major in me really loved this book. It reads like a set of literary analysis papers combined and tied together. I had read most of the books that were used as comparisons to Harry Potter- I don't think I would have enjoyed it If I hadn't. This book went into some things that I hadn't considered when reading Harry Potter but they totally make sense and I'll be thinking about them next time I read the series. I'm giving this only 3 stars because it isn't fun to re [...]

    27. Granger explores the various genres and specific texts within the genres that have helped inspire the _Harry Potter_ books. I had been hesitant to read this book because I took a class along the same lines and I didn't know how much different this would actually be from what we discussed. While there were definitely some similarities, Granger went into several subjects, such as alchemy, that I had not covered before. The book was very easy to read as it was definitely written for the public but [...]

    28. This was on my Wishlist for ages and I finally got it this past Christmas. I read a bit of it before I put it aside for other things. I was feeling a bit of HP nostalgia, so I picked it back up. I enjoyed most of it. The alchemy bit bored me to tears, but the rest I liked. I enjoyed reading direct ways that other books influenced the HP stories and saw it in most ways. I'd heard that Rowling especially was influenced by The Little White Horse quite a few times and I've read it. Twice actually. I [...]

    29. I enjoyed reading about different types of literature that made up the Harry Potter series; I don't read or learn much about this subject, so that was interesting. Sometimes, though, the discussion would go over my head, especially when the author talked in philosophical terms. I don't know why a person who hasn't read the Harry Potter series would read this book, as it makes references throughout to the books, but if you hadn't read the HP series, the experience would be ruined with all the spo [...]

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