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Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? Hardcover – 8 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Ramance Press; First edition (8 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979422981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979422980
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,642,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author spends most of the book trying to convince the reader that JK Rowling is a christian and wrote the book from a christian perspective. Boring, boring, boring!!!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98387d6c) out of 5 stars A Great Deal of Research in a Creatively Fun Work 24 Nov. 2008
By Nancy Carpentier Brown - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for every Harry Potter fan who has an intuitive feeling that there's more to these books than meets the eye.

Author Nancy Solon Villaluz has done a tremendous amount of research, reading every Rowling interview, listening to every podcast and radio interview, and by using Rowling own words and hints, has uncovered secrets and patterns that help the reader to understand what Rowling really wanted to do with these books.

But besides all of the research, Villaluz shows herself to be extremely well read, quoting everything from Dickens, to Monty Python, to John the Baptist, to Dante, to Thomas Aquinas, to Michael O'Brien. She's also very familiar with the other Inkling's books, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and can compare and contrast the three with ease.

I found this Sleeping Dragons book, written as a journey in a creatively non-fiction way, to be a confirmation of what I'd only half understood about the Harry Potter series before. I found myself smiling, laughing, and agreeing through virtually every point made.

I believe that if you have an interest in Harry Potter's deeper meaning, if you are concerned about your children reading Harry Potter because of what might or might not be in the series, if you've tried to prove to friends or relatives that Harry Potter is OK, but without really having evidence in hand to prove it: you do now. This is the book. This book has all the evidence.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98387d84) out of 5 stars Outstanding! 28 Nov. 2008
By Denise M. Roper - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? by Nancy Solon Villaluz is a thoroughly researched in-depth analysis of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. In this book the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are compared favorably with the novels of Rowling. The author hails Jo Rowling as a modern-day "Inkling" writer, and I wholeheartedly agree, having done a mountain of research on that particular subject myself. This book is the first I have read that examines the influence of Elizabeth Goudge's The Little White Horse on Rowling's Harry Potter Septology. It also contains a very detailed list of Rowling quotes pertaining to her religious beliefs, and what her intentions were in writing the Potter series. A surprisingly long listing of references to Christianity in the Potter novels is also of interest in this first volume of an intended three-part series by Villaluz. This book was written in a very creative style, almost like an adventure novel, although it is a scholarly work. The illustrations by the author's husband, Ramir P. M. Villaluz, are a delight, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the deeper meaning and hidden symbolism of the Harry Potter novels, especially if you are familiar with the excellent books and lectures on Harry Potter by John Granger.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x983881bc) out of 5 stars This book is a uniquely crafted, insightfully rich and entertaining journey for the age-diverse Harry Potter fans 1 Jan. 2009
By Jeff Riley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Solon Villaluz has crafted a very enjoyable, insightful and uniquely written book that is well worth reading. Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? not only provides hidden secrets and insights about the Potter Septology (Nancy's reference to the seven books in Harry Potter series), plus biographical information and influences of J.K. Rowling, but employs a narrative style that should have broad appeal for Harry Potter fans.

Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? is entertaining and fun whilst being educational all at the same time. Having read aloud all the Harry Potter books (to my children), re-read to myself, listened to all the audio tapes and seen all 5 movies, I thoroughly enjoyed this insightful book full of new discoveries, revealing clues, and showing J.K.Rowling's influences and intentions that I had not picked-up on or known about before. In addition to being an avid Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fan, which is an extra bonus in reading this book, I really gained a new level of appreciation for J.K. Rowling herself and what she has accomplished with the Harry Potter books. However, as is mentioned in the books opening "Warning" it would be advisable to have at least read all of the Harry Potter Septology but not completely necessary (That is if you don't mind spoilers). Whatever your Harry Potter level, I believe, Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? offers something extra for the very `age-diverse' Harry Potter fan base. This broad-base appeal doesn't just work because of all the meticulous research on Harry Potter and its author but is driven forward by Nancy's appealing, sometimes humorous and highly witty narrative.

The narrative style that drives the book begins at `a small stone bridge over the babbling creek' several points in between, finally ending up in a `cavern with hidden doors.' We as readers are asked to be part of the journey, occasionally asking questions, and given some freedom to decipher meaning before given each and every secret. Because of this narrative style this book can offer more appeal for much more of Harry Potter fan-base. After all, what made the series so universally appealing (One reviewer has apparently forgotten this pretty basic fact about the Harry Potter books) is that it's so fun to read for kids of all ages. Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? is not just another dry and boring Harry Potter reference manual or author thesis that was written for intellectually elite adults. Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? is much more than that and gives a wider base of Harry Potter fans the option to appreciate deeper layers and textures of the Harry Potter series.

Nancy Solon Villaluz quite effectively balances her well researched Harry Potter facts and data, never bogging us down with them, and provides us with the clear Christian influence that JK Rowling textured Harry Potter with, all this while keeping it fun and whimsical. Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? is a journey well worth going on. I very much look forward to getting a ticket for the next part of the journey: Does Harry Potter Tickle Waking Dragons? Jeff Riley (Parent/Teacher)-
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x983885e8) out of 5 stars Write to your audience . . . 1 Jan. 2009
By Larz Goodman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There is a lot of good information in this book. It really is a "deep" study of the Christian meaning in the Harry Potter septology. However, it seemed like she thought she was writing to kids. "Now follow me through this door, and let's see what's hiding in here for us to discover." It got annoying.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x983886f0) out of 5 stars villaluz tickling harry potter? 5 Sept. 2010
By sylvanna - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While the book has been exhaustively researched using JKR's books & interviews, villakuz has a coule of flaws - she writes in a format I found extremely patronizing - like she's going to take us on a 3rd grade trip & explain the whole world to us gawking naive, totally uninitiated readers. She creates her own fantasy universe populated with what she feels JKR's fantasy world would be like & tells us to pack a backpack with her version of cautions & warnings about the cottages & such on the way, which are stocked with JKR's written works & those of other authors who influenced her. Vilalluz has a fascination w/equating JKR with being a staunch practising Christian, which she has gone on record as saying she is not. JKR has said she believes in God, but not religion & still struggles with doubt. She is honest about this, yet Villaluz insists on repeatedly characerizing her as "Christian Jo" & tauting the "Christian" morals in Jo's books. If Villaluz is staunchly christian & sees JKR's books this way - fine - but she should admit that these are HER own feelings & not try to use JKR as an excuse! I'm reading thru the entire book ONLY because it IS exhaustively researched & contains a lot of JKR's intereviews which I haven't seen & gives insights into JKR's beliefs & intentions thru quotes. Villaluz did a lot of work that she saves the rest of Potterverse from doing! But I have learned to skip over the parts where she rants about "Christian Jo", sleeping dragons who don't wish us to unlock JKR's "secret" meanings in her books & what to put in our backpacks for the special journey only Villaluz seems to believe she can take us on.

I applaud her research & thank her most emphatically for using real quotes, but her insights into JKR's beliefs & motives are really her own impressions which she doesn't appear to have the courage to admit to & I don't need some condescending author telling me how to go on my "journey" thru JKR's mind. It's got pluses & minuses & you have to take them both to get the value of the book. Oh - one other thing & this is definitely not exclusive of villaluz - whatever JKR's religious or spirirtual beliefs - the values she outlines over & over in Harry Potter are NOT just Christian beliefs! I am so sick & tired of so-called Christians acting like they have a monoply on the Divine. Harry Potter empahsizes MORAL values common to EVERY religion known to man & it's time we stopped playing that pseudo holier than thou game. Morals don't belong to Christians, they belong to everybody. Think about that the next time you want to stop Muslims from healing from 911 because their countrymen are the ones being bombed daily & yes all this IS related, because the way we think is the way we behave & the way we treat others - & that's no fiction! S.P. Thomas.
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