Mediating the Stories of the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds

Resource Materials (Print Sources)

Resource Materials:

Key Books, Articles, and Other Items

This page includes a variety of resources for purposes ranging from casual enjoyment of the Harry Potter series to advanced literary criticism and research on specialized topics.

“Reader’s Guides” and Study Notes

INTRODUCTION. Reader’s guides should be like good study notes. They assume we are reading along and have questions. So, they give notes along the way to pique our curiosity and guide our analysis of the text. Good literary reader’s guides give insights in such a way that they don’t become spoilers – i.e., they wait to raise issues until they actually come up in the text. Not everything I’ve listed here necessarily qualifies as a “good” guide, but these are the most common ones, and each contributes at least something worthwhile to our understanding.

Readers Guides and Study Notes 1 ~ "Ultimate Unofficial Guides"

ULTIMATE UNOFFICIAL GUIDES. Since the Harry Potter books were published over a 10-year period, and because J.K. Rowling really did do a masterful job of hiding hints and clues throughout the entire series (she did spend 5 years plotting out the series beforehand, after all), there are some books that will be of help as sort of “reader’s guide” and commentary to the clues. The following three, “Ultimate Unofficial Guides” are done in a chapter-by-chapter manner so that it asks questions and examines possible clues as they come up. This avoids the problem of spoilers by telling too much too soon. The color of cover is given as the book design and sizes are so similar that color is the only distinguishing feature.

Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Books 1-4 (blue cover) by Galadriel Waters and Astre Mithrandir.

Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Book 5 (maroon cover) by Galadriel Waters, Astre Mithrandir, and E. L. Fossa.

Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Book 6 (green cover) by Galadriel Waters, Astre Mithrandir, and E. L. Fossa (authors); and Michelle Heran (illustrator).

These authors have not issued a guide to Book 7, and I have not discovered whether they have any plans to do so. The first two volumes are available very inexpensive for used versions from Amazon and eBay; the third volume typically costs more.

Readers Guides and Study Notes 2 ~ Mugglenet Book and Suggit "Definitive Guides"

MUGGLENET.COM. In the two years between the release of Harry Potter 6 (Half-Blood Prince) and 7 (Deathly Hallows), all sorts of speculation arose about multiple mysteries remaining as yet unexplained. MuggleNet.com produced a volume called What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End? by Ben Schoen, Emerson Spartz, Andy Gordon, Gretchen Stull, and Jamie Lawrence. As MuggleNet is one of the best online sites for Harry Potter – even having won the rare J.K. Rowling Fan Site Award – this book covers most of the key issues of fan speculation on The Deathly Hallows and gives interesting insights on a topical basis about: the story so far, what J.K. Rowling says, Dumbledore, Neville, Draco, love, life debts, who is “R.A.B.” and how does he relate to the missing locket, Snape, Horcruxes, who will win – Voldemort or Harry?, what about any other characters, loose ends, and what’s next.

SPARKNOTES. Cliff Notes has not tackled the Harry Potter series, but SparkNotes has, with a set of notes on each of the seven books. The notes include an overview of the plot, themes, analysis of characters, chapter-by-chapter summaries, etc.

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

SparkNotes: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

SUGGIT DEFINITIVE GUIDE BOOK SERIES. Suggit Group Ltd. produced the “Definitive Guide Book Series” for HP1-4. These spiral-bound mini-books (4″ x 5″) by Marie Lesoway are each 64 pages and offer a 5- to 7-page synopsis of the book, and then an A-to-Z guide to “Who’s Who and What’s What” in that particular book. The A-to-Z guide includes names and brief glossary-type descriptions of cultural items from the wizarding world of Harry Potter: people, animals, plants, books, spell titles and potion ingredients, shops, places, quidditch terms and rules, foods, money, and additional items of all kinds (such as types of candy at Honeyduke’s and joke supplies from Zonko’s). Fun and helpful … too bad they didn’t produce guides for HP5-7.

Book 1 – The Philosopher’s Stone

Book 2 – The Chamber of Secrets

Book 3 – The Prisoner of Azkaban

Book 4 – The Goblet of Fire

Readers Guides and Study Notes 3 ~ Scholastic Literature Guides

SCHOLASTIC LITERATURE GUIDES. In August 2000, Scholastic Professional Books issued a series of “literature guides” with posters for the first four books in the Harry Potter series. These brief books (18 pages each) are designed for grades 4 through 8, and offer chapter summaries, discussion questions, learning activities across the disciplines, and reproducible handouts.

Literature Guide: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Literature Guide: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Literature Guide: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Literature Guide: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Specialized Topics and Perspectives

The resources listed in this section address the cultures and classes in the wizarding world, how Harry Potter became a global reading and marketing phenomenon, and advanced topics of broad interest and literary criticism.

Specialized Topics ~ Social Justice, Literary Criticism, Franchise Development and Marketing

Issues of Social Justice and of Suffering

He who allows oppression shares the crime.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus (Dutch Priest, Humanist and Editor of the New Testament, 1469-1536)

A very important and most fascinating study on the social structure of the wizarding world and its many forms of racial purity and discrimination is Prejudice in Harry Potter’s World: A Social Critique of the Series, Using Allport’s The Nature of Prejudice by Karen A. Brown. I’d suggest this for an intriguing look at how to analyze a class-based cultural system and its various forms of injustice and prejudice, both institutional (politics, news media, educational) and individual. Brown offers insightful analysis into the psychology of individual characters, as relates to prejudice – a major theme that touches directly EVERY major character in Rowling’s series. This book is a more advanced level of non-fiction reading, but the ideas are very comprehendable for children and adolescents – just put it all in terms of bullying, disabilities, prejudices, etc. and kids live in that world every day. Chapters include:

  • Social Hierarchy and the Nature of Wizarding World Prejudice
  • How the Hierarchy is Maintained: The Four I’s [ignorance, indifference, insecurity, intolerance]
  • Extreme Measures: Examining the Mindset of the House-elf
  • On Squibs and Werewolves: A Closer Look at the Disability Issue
  • What’s Wrong with Hermione Calling Herself a “Mudblood”?: Examining the Politics of Naming and Self-naming in the Series
  • Parenting and Prejudice
  • Harry Potter: The Should-Be Delinquent

Some related big-picture themes are explored in Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults (Children’s Literature and Culture), edited by Carrie Hintz and Elaine Ostry (2002). An essay by Rebecca Carol Noël Totaro on “Suffering in Utopia” explores Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as one source in relation to a particular question:

From the beginning of utopia, when More coined the term, to the present, we have been able to distinguish our utopia from our fantasy by just these means [i.e., of the balance of suffering and hope]. Utopia always includes some threat of suffering, in part also because the hope that founds utopia almost always grows out of suc ha lack or suffering. The more interesting question becomes, how much suffering in utopia is acceptable?

Five recent novels for young adults take on the challenging task of answering this question. … [T]he protagonists suffer from some defect that makes them aware that they are different and that their maladjustment threatens the harmony of the larger community. Each protagonist longs for an end to his or her suffering, and soon each discovers a new society (or the almost tangible knowledge of one) in which he or she is no longer a misfit. By experiencing the contrast between two different worlds, the hero comes to understand the nature of his or her suffering, and of his or her community of origin as primarily utopian or dystopian. Armed with a new, practical knowledge, the hero must then decide where he or she belongs. (Page 129.)

Literary Criticism ~ Multidisciplinary Perspectives ~ Research

A more intermediate to advanced volume I have that looks quite interesting – probably more for adult readers due to intellectual content level, is Phoenix Rising: Collected Papers on Harry Potter. This was based on presentations at a symposium in 2007, sponsored by “Narrative Conferences.” Check this link for a PDF table of contents for this extensive volume. As a mere sampling of the 40 chapter topics from this 2007 conference event: patterns and paradigms in HP, a psychologist’s reading of HP, loss and grief, evil and loss of identity, profiles of various characters, colonialism and HP, narrative misdirection, prejudice and discrimination, social classes in the wizarding world, and “fan fiction” and HP fandom. Also check out the conference press kit webpage for a series of PDF documents on the event. Maybe consider creating your own “Potter Studies” event?!

If that idea of your own Harry Potter event intrigues you – especially a gathering of scholars and fans – check out the website for the Terminus Conference, the 2008 sequel to the Phoenix Rising event. Here is a link for a PDF Table of Contents to the 48 presentation essays in the Terminus Compendium book, Terminus: Collected Papers on Harry Potter, 7-11 August 2008. Another amazing essay collection with a similarly wide-ranging set of disciplines and topics.

Another volume of essays that looks intriguing is Harry Potter’s World Wide Influence, edited by Diana Patterson (issued in 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing). I don’t have this book yet, but it’s on my list. According to the Preface, “The papers here are considerably expanded versions of the best of the Accio 2008 Conference, entitled ‘From Quidditch Flyers to Dreaming Spires: Exploring the Worldwide Influence of the Harry Potter Novels.’ ” In it, an international group of scholars (which, according to the publisher’s description, included presenters from China, Germany, Israel, Poland, Romania, and several English-speaking nations) present 16 essays from a range of academic disciplines that include: Ethics, History, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Analysis, Psychology, Reader Research and Analysis, Social-psychology, and Spiritual Formation. Check this link for a 3o-page PDF sample that includes the table of contents, preface, one full essay, and one partial essay.

Marketing and Franchise Development

To get to potential aspects of how the Harry Potter developed into a worldwide mega-franchise, check out Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon by Susan Gunelius. Basically, by making the release of HP novels a 10-year world-wide mystery-solving endeavor, J.K. Rowling used mystery and imagination along with intellect and curiosity to capture the attention of millions of readers in over 60 languages – which is relatively equivalent to immense publication statistics for Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

This book also talks about keeping the “brand” pure – like J.K. Rowling’s not allowing HP products ever in something like a McDonald’s Happy Meal – and the careful translation of the story and characters from the print medium to other media and products. It also contains a number of “mini-case studies” on other print and media franchises, some which soared and most which bombed. The ones which faltered or failed also are instructive for issues of brand dilution and lack of careful translation across media formats. Chapter topics include:

  • Introduction: The Making of a Global Literary Phenomenon
  1. The Book that Lived
  2. The Value of a Good Product: Setting the Stage for Marketing and Promotion
  3. The Buzz Begins
  4. Harry Potter as a Powerful Product and Brand: An Education in Marketing and Promotion
  5. Harry Potter’s Influence on Print Publishing
  6. Harry Potter’s Influence on Movies and Television
  7. Harry Potter’s Influence on Retail
  8. Harry Potter’s Influence on Merchandising
  9. Harry Potter’s Influence Online
  10. Harry Potter Becomes a Theme Park
  11. Harry Potter’s Global Business and Personal Impact
  12. Predecessors to Harry Potter’s Success: Who Else has Gotten it Right or Wrong?
  13. What is Next for Harry Potter and the World Affected by the Boy Who Lived?
  14. Conclusion: Recreating a Literary Phenomenon

I found this book a fascinating read, especially as on of my key interests is in how global franchises based on literary series either succeed or fail. For additional perspectives on Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon, check out the following links, most of which go to reviews:

Another book that covers some similar material on the unfolding franchise, but from the story of one person’s experience, is Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli, the webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron HP fansite. I haven’t read this volume yet, but purchased specifically suspecting it would complement the HP marketing history by Gunelius.

For a fascinating comparison of the Harry Potter marketing franchise to that of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, see the following two books.

The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood by Kristin Thompson (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-520-24774-1). A wonderful narrative of how The Lord of the Rings film trilogy came into being, based on interviews with many of the principal cast and crew. Includes sections on the film, building the franchise, beyond the movie (licensing products; interactive Middle-earth), and the lasting power of the Rings. Sections include:

Part One: The Film. Chapters 1-Prudent Aggression, 2-Not Your Father’s Tolkien, 3-Handcrafting a Blockbuster.

Part Two: Building the Franchise. Chapters 4-Flying Billboards and FAQs, 5-Click to View Trailer, 6-Fans on the Margins, Pervy Hobbit Fanciers, and Partygoers.

Part Three: Beyond the Movie. Chapters 7-Licenses to Print Money, 8-Interactive Middle-earth.

Part Four: The Lasting Power of the Rings. Chapters 9-Fantasy Come True, 10-Right in Your Own Backyard.

Studying the Event Film: The Lord of the Rings, edited by Harriet Margolis, Sean Cubitt, Barry King, and Thierry Jutel (Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-07190-7198-0). A set of academic essays using The Lord of the Rings trilogy to illustrate how a film can now become a global phenomenon through careful planning, marketing, licensing, and promotion … in ways that intersect with fan (and potential fan) interests. This one-of-a-kind resource includes a timeline, filmography, references, index, and 7 sections totaling 28 essays on:

  • How to study the trilogy and its audiences.
  • Multiple DVD releases.
  • How technology changes have enhanced possibilities for producing LOTR.
  • Marketing strategies.
  • International reception of the films.
  • Cross-cultural and cross-generational audiences.
  • Economics of creating intellectual property and licensed products.
  • Filmmaking as a “creative industry,” digital actors.
  • Stars and celebrities.
  • Production and post-production.
  • Soundscapes.
  • Epic/operatic music.
  • Film technology.
  • Script adaptation.
  • Religious themes.
  • History and fantasy.
  • New Zealand and national identity.
  • Tourism in “Middle-earth.”
  • Production infrastructures and corporations.
  • Integration of game and film industries.
  • Credits.
  • Awards.
  • Critics and reviews.
  • Religion and Philosophy

Religious and Philosophical Perspectives – Introduction

The resources listed in this section address the mysteries of Harry Potter as viewed through the lenses of various philosophies and religions, and critiques of the characters’ actions and values by both proponents and opponents of the series.

“NARRATIVE MISDIRECTION.” As of June 2009 when I first posted Harry Potter resources on a blog, I had listened to the audiobooks of the entire series twice, just finished reading Book 6 in print form, and had seen the first 5 films in the series at least 25-30 times, and all bonus discs at least 5-10 times. In fact, it was on the bonus disc for Harry Potter 5 (The Order of the Phoenix) that I found an interview with several Harry Potter experts. There I was introduced to author John Granger, who had written Looking for God in Harry Potter. He and the others – Janet Scott Batchler, author of What Will Harry Do? The Unofficial Guide to Payoffs and Possibilities in Book 7, and Steve Vander Ark of the Harry Potter Lexicon website – introduced me to the literary criticism device of “narrative misdirection.” As a student of cultures and a creator of futurist scenarios, this concept is important for its influence on the skill set of “storying.” Here is a description of this important concept from a blog entry I wrote on My Big Bad Beatitude, Harry Potter, and the Resolution of “Narrative Misdirection.”

Narrative misdirection occurs when the author sets readers up into identifying emotionally with a particular character, and thus, they ONLY really see things the way their over-empathized-with character does. Which, in the Harry Potter series, means we see things the way Harry does, even when there is sufficient evidence to contradict his (mis)interpretation of things. We follow after “red herrings.” We mistake the clues. We jump to partially correct or outrightly wrong conclusions. And it’s all because our eyes into that world, Harry’s eyes, have limited scope and perception.

Thankfully, typically in the very last chapter, we eventually get The Real Perspective as author J.K.Rowling clears up most misconceptions and helps us see how we “saw though a glass dimly” in the limitations of Harry’s eyes. She leaves enough questions unresolved so that, in her next Harry Potter installment, we’re drawn in all over again. With each episode building on the prior ones, and the overarching mysteries becoming more complex, we’re just glad to go with Harry’s simplistic perspective … for the time being.

This helps explain the passion that many readers find for this series. The characters are well developed, their troubles are overcome through friendships, and the plotlines end up as solvable mysteries. And so the books calls forth emotions, creativity, mind, and imagination.

ANSWERING RELIGIOUS CRITIQUES OF HARRY POTTER. Meanwhile, students and scholars with various philosophical and religious bases and biases have critiqued Harry Potter for bits and pieces that apparently advocate their favorite philosophy/spirituality – or that oppose their systems. Some critics vilify J.K. Rowling’s work and have become harsh philosophical/religious opponents, saying – for instance – that reading Harry Potter leads children into occult practices and/or wicca. Being the complex tale that it is – and given J.K. Rowling’s extensive classics and literary background, and church attendance – we can expect to find fights over whether reading Harry Potter is “good” for us, or “bad” for us. And indeed, if nothing else, the series also conveys a very important set of values. And although Christians have been among the most outspoken opponents of the series, there are also Christians (like myself) who find that many (if not most) of the values present in Harry Potter series have a biblical base, and many of the critiques of Christians who oppose Harry can thus be carefully addressed. As Christian opponents have been so vocal, I have emphasized here the proponents who contradict or counterbalance the critiques of the others.

Philosophical Perspectives on Harry Potter

I am looking forward to further forays into philosophical perspectives on Harry Potter. I find it helpful to sift and sort through multiple viewpoints to get the fullest possible understanding of a book’s richness and how it affects various kinds of readers. On my “get these books” list are:

Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Volume 9) by David Baggett and Shawn E. Klein (2004). Includes an introductory essay on “The Magic of Philosophy,” and four essays each in four sections: The Characters of Harry’s World, Morality in Rowling’s Universe, Knockturn Alley and the Dark Arts, and Many-Flavored Topics in Metaphysics.

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) by William Irwin and Gregory Bassham (2010). This volume includes an introduction on “Harry Potter and the Enchantment of Philosophy,” plus 18 essays addressing such topics as: destiny, identity, the soul, love as the most powerful magic of all, freedom and politics, is Dumbledore gay?, choices versus abilities, reality versus illusion, personal transformation, death, hope, and meaning.

The works of John Granger, mentioned in the section on “narrative misdirection,” address significant aspects of the philosophy behind alchemy as relates to Harry Potter, both in specific points and in its overall infrastructure as a series. He also integrates a Western “Great Books” approach that is intriguing.

Proponent Christian Perspectives on Harry Potter

Religious and Philosophical Perspectives 1 ~ John Granger Books

JOHN GRANGER. Author, speaker, philosopher, and educator John Granger writes online as “The Hogwarts Professor.” He also happens to be a Christian. I was introduced to his work on the bonus DVD disc for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where it was mentioned that he had written Looking for God in Harry Potter. I have several of his later books and, while they show areas of overlap, each has additional information.

I would suggest a more current edition of the book by John Granger that I mentioned: How Harry Cast His Spell is the third updated edition of what started as Looking for God in Harry Potter. It includes chapters on:

  1. Magic, Fantasy, and Transcendence. The magic in Harry Potter is traditional literary spellwork that acts as a counterspell to the materialism of our times.
  2. Cosmic White Hats and Black Hats. The Harry Potter novels revolve around the central conflict of good and evil.
  3. The Hero’s Journey. Harry’s adventures take him through life, death, and resurrection.
  4. The Alchemy of Spiritual Growth. The story cycles are built on the stages of transformation.
  5. One Person, Two Natures. Doppelgängers point to the struggle of dual natures – and their resolution in the God-Man.
  6. Don’t Judge, Lest You Be Judged. Surprise endings suggest a remedy for the evils of prejudice.
  7. The Triumph of Love over Death. The mystery of death meets the ultimate answer.
  8. The Question of Identity. Harry defines himself through choices, change, and destiny.
  9. Evidence of Things Unseen. The symbols in potterdom are powerful pointers to spiritual realities.
  10. Fun with Names. The character names are delightful puzzles with hidden spiritual meanings.
  11. The Purification of the Soul. Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  12. Dangerous Books and Edifying Books. Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  13. Despair and Delivery. Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  14. Girded with Virtue. Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  15. Dark Night of the Soul. Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  16. Baptism into a Sacrificial Death. Spiritual keys to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  17. Choosing to Believe. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the struggle with faith in story form.
  18. Christian Birth and Baptism. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the alchemical adventures of a Christian Everyman.
  19. Victory Over Death. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the Passion gospel of a Christian Everyman.
  20. FAQs. The other big questions on the minds of Harry Potter readers.

Also consider one of Granger’s most recent book, The Deathly Hallows Lectures, which was written after the seventh and final Harry Potter book was released. It covers:

  • Unlocking Deathly Hallows – Five Keys to Open the Last and Best Harry Potter Novel
  • The Alchemical End Game – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as Rubedo
  • Choosing to Believe – The Christian Content of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Snape’s Green-eyed Girl – Dante, Renaissance Florence, and the Death of the Potions Master
  • The Seeing Eye – Deathly Hallow’s Eye and Mirror Symbolism
  • Taking Harry Seriously – Learning to Read with Triangular Vision
  • The Triangular Eye – Reading DH on Three Levels of Meaning
  • FAQ – 31 Questions about the Artistry and Meaning of Deathly Hallows

Religious and Philosophical Perspectives 2 ~ Other Religious Proponents of Harry Potter

CONNIE NEAL. Connie Neal is one of the few other Christian authors I’m aware of who has done a full, seven-book series review or revised an earlier book once Harry Potter #7 was published in 2007. I have not yet gotten her newer revised/expanded edition of The Gospel According to Harry Potter: The Spiritual Journey of the World’s Greatest Seeker (2008), but have learned from multiple sources I trust that Connie has a very good reputation as a Christian seeking balance, and as an author. Her previous books on the subject include a 2002 version of The Gospel According to Harry Potter, and a 2001 book, What’s a Christian to do with Harry Potter?

It is this last book that I have a copy of, and in it, Neal offers what appearsto be a balanced presentation that delves into the “insider culture” dynamics of the Christian community. These dynamics are often a mystery to some insiders and many outsider who are simply baffled by the bantering about of super-spiritualized language, oftentimes black-and-white thinking, and regular either/or judgments and judgmentalism. However, there are a number of deep, critical differences among types of people who claim some affiliation with Jesus Christ, and debates like those over Harry Potter surface many of them: If a Christian believes he/she should obey God, and something in the surrounding culture seems to go against biblical imperatives, what should be done about that? Are Christians supposed to participate in the broader culture and society, isolate from it, or try to control it? Are people basically good, basically bad, or both – and are there non-human forces at work to influence what directions we go in? Chapters in What’s a Christian to do with Harry Potter? include the following – which, as a set of titles and subtitles, tells me that Connie Neal “gets it” about the deeper dynamics and serious theological concerns that cause a lot of inflammatory talk about Harry Potter amongst some Christians:

  • Introduction: Harry Potter is Here … and He’s Not Going Away! Prepare for the cultural and spiritual impact.
  1. Mad About Harry! Controversy in the Christian community.
  2. Harry Potter 101. What are the stories all about, anyway?
  3. Classic Fantasy or Blatant Witchcraft? Why Christians categorize these books as we do.
  4. Why Kids (and Kids at Heart) Love Harry. How these stories meet specific heartfelt needs.
  5. What Would Jesus Do with Harry Potter? Decide for yourself.
  6. Beware the Dangers of the Debate. Subtle snares that all Christians need to avoid.
  7. Protecting Kids from Real-World Occult. Vital information and instruction kids need to stay safe.
  8. Be in the World but Not of the World. Engaging in our culture without disobeying God.
  9. Harry Potter and the Judeo-Christian Ethic. Do Rowling’s books really promote secularism and worldly values?
  10. Use Harry Potter to Help Kids Grow in Goodness. An important scriptural pattern of moral development.
  11. Using Harry potter to Preach the Gospel. Turning stories into evangelistic tools.

NANCY CARPENTIER BROWN. Nancy Brown offers a Catholic perspective in The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide. I just recently started reading this, and have appreciated her balance, her forthright challenge for parents and others to read the books for themselves, and her encouragement to discern. Contents include:

  1. The Mystery of Harry Potter
  2. Is Harry Potter the Kind of Literature We Should Read?
  3. Is Harry Potter Catholic?
  4. Harry Potter and the Choice Between Good and Evil
  5. The Magic of Harry Potter
  6. Harry Potter and the Practice of Free Will
  7. Harry Potter and the Modern Morality Tale
  8. The Importance of Friendships in Harry Potter
  9. Harry Potter: Boy Hero
  10. Harry Potter and the Importance of Love
  11. Finding Ourselves in Harry Potter
  12. Harry “The Franchise” Potter
  13. Harry Potter and the Last Word
  14. Appendix A: Interviews with Dale Ahlquist and Regina Doman
  15. Appendix B: For Teachers and Catechists (and Parents, Too) – Suggested questions for discussion, and recommended books to have at home for Harry Potter discussions.

JOHN KILLINGER. To be added.

Christian Perspectives Opposing Harry Potter

To be added.

Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults (Children’s Literature and Culture), edited by Carrie Hintz (2002).

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