Title: The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains Harry's Final Adventure
Author: John Granger
Genre: Literature, Fantasy
Summary: (from amazon.com): The fastest-selling book in publication history, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a critical success and is loved by fans around the world. In The Deathly Hallows Lectures, John Granger reveals the Potter finale's brilliant details, themes and meanings. Even the most ardent of Harry Potter fans will be surprised by and delighted with the Hogwarts Professor's explanations of the four dimensions of meaning in Deathly Hallows to include:
* why Ms. Rowling chose to make Lily's eyes green,
* why Harry buried Moody's eye where and when he did, and
* why Ollivander prefers the three wand cores he does.
Ms. Rowling has said that alchemy sets the "parameters of magic" in the series; after reading the chapter-length explanation of Deathly Hallows as the final stage of the alchemical Great Work in The Deathly Hallows Lectures, the serious reader will understand how important literary alchemy is in understanding Rowling's artistry and accomplishment.
The other seven chapters explore, among other things, the five writing tricks Ms. Rowling uses to work her story magic, the deciphering of the "Triangular Eye" symbol for the three Hallows, Harry's "struggle to believe" in Albus Dumbledore, why Ms. Rowling revealed that she "always thought" of the Headmaster as gay, and the more than 25 echoes of her first book, Philosopher's Stone, in Deathly Hallows.
Comments: This book was... interesting. It definitely was not what I expected. I actually got the book for Christmas, and started reading it back at the beginning of January. I just finished it a few weeks ago. The book delved deeply into alchemy, Christianity, and comparisons to classics, particularly Dante. This book read like a college professor talking, and luckily I was an English major. I think if I hadn't been, I would have been completely lost through a lot of this book. I think the title, marketing, and cover make it seem like this book is more like an explanation of secrets or symbolism, and that it would be written to better appeal to a broader base of reader. Then, when you get into the book, it's like jumping back into an upper level literature course. I hesitate to say that it is written like a textbook, because it is written like the author is speaking. However, this is NOT light reading. You have to concentrate on it and think about it. If you aren't really interested in the subject matter, I feel like you would wander off.
Anyhow, if you are interested in Christian themes in Harry Potter, or just need to read something to get back into Harry's world a bit, this may be interesting. It WAS interesting to me, but I feel sure that I will never pick it up again.
x-posted to cmmunchkin