Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays extends the discussion of the Harry Potter books by covering the entire series in one new and comprehensive volume. As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays Praeger, , 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.
Discussion Guide for the Harry Potter Series: Books 1–4 | Scholastic
Wizards and Hogwarts! Muggles and mudbloods! Quidditch and broomsticks! None of those things mean anything to Harry Potter, a small, skinny, bespectacled boy with an unusual lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead — until his eleventh birthday. That's when he starts receiving letters inviting him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns that his parents did not die in a car crash but were killed by Voldemort, the Lord of Darkness, and that he's famous in the world of wizardry. So Harry leaves the home of his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and their hateful son Dudley, who are mere muggles humans without one drop of magic in them , and embarks on a new life.
Educators make school laborious and uninteresting by not incorporating texts that appeal to young adults or have relevance in their lives. I babysit children who clamor and shout for story time. I watch my sister flip through her guitar catalogues, reveling in the musical potential, while my brother studiously researches video game cheat codes, online or in books, for access to hidden weapons on Call of Duty: Black Ops to gain an advantage over his opponents. Young people do enjoy reading. If we as educators take an interest in what students enjoy reading, we can utilize their eagerness about the texts to teach the elements of literature we want them to learn and more.
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