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Re: [Something] And the new Harry Potter book is called...

  • From"Carol Townsend" <carol.townsend@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 22 Dec 2006 09:51:06 -0600
>Or her grandson can publish whatever crap he finds in her bottom
>dresser drawer labelled 'burn me'.

"Harry Potter and the Silmarillion"

I may have to find my nerf-bat and whomp you for that.

Actually, I have a really good book entitled "The Gospel According to Harry Potter" by Connie Neal.  Don't laugh.  :)    This is one of those "not authorized by JKR" books, but worth the read.

You know how some segments of the population have said that JKR wrote the Potter books to promote witchcraft and satanism and all sorts of evil stuff?  Ms. Neal takes the same really bad literary criticism techniques (taking small selective snippets out of context, looking at those snippets with a pre-determined viewpoint) and uses them to show how JKR wrote Harry Potter to preach Christianity.

Which is nonsense - and the author's point.  JKR has repeatedly stated that she is not trying to push witchcraft or anything onto kids.  In fact, when asked on the Today show, JKR said "People tend to find in books what they look to find."  (p. X of the introduction.)

However, it doesn't mean the book isn't a pretty good read, for those interested.  If only in the idea of literary criticism and how it's used.


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