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The Order of Harry Potter: Literary Skill in the Hogwarts Epic by [Manlove, Colin]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Winged Lion Press, LLC (2 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MZR684
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HASH(0x8c884a2c) out of 5 stars Delightful Read! 17 Mar. 2012
By David Baggett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Order of Harry Potter attempts to assess the literary quality of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga, and for the most part he succeeds in his attempt. He approaches Rowling's seven novels from different perspectives, focusing on various aspects to define her literary skill and explore what has made her books such a massive worldwide phenomenon.

Manlove is an authority on fantasy literature, having written several books on the subject and having taught in the field at Edinburgh University. So it is little wonder that he admits a certain reluctance in allowing Rowling's popular books into the fantasy canon he had so long defended. However, with The Order of Harry Potter he seems to have become an adamant supporter of the Potter series.

Manlove's work comes from a personal desire to deepen his understanding of the Potter books, just as his intended audience is doing in reading this book. His thesis is that Rowling intentionally orders the Harry Potter books to mirror the protagonist's growth (personal, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual) and the books' style reinforces this order. Chapters of Manlove's book are both independent and interlocking, canvassing topics as wide-ranging as the Potter series' Christian elements, their readability, an alternate interpretation that suggests Harry may have dreamed the Wizarding World, Rowling's changes in characters and style, and the recurring motifs of each book. Yet he skillfully interweaves these discussions, ultimately bringing them together in his final chapter.

I liked The Order of Harry Potter overall. For fans of the Potter series, this book is definitely worth a look. The chapter entitled "Did Harry Dream It All?", though not fundamentally altering how I've read the series, will certainly change how I will read the books in the future, giving me another possible way of looking at the Wizarding World. The author's style and his knowledge of Rowling's books, which allows him to discuss minute details and overall patterns, makes the book a worthwhile read. The author's depth of knowledge in the field of English literature exceeded my own, particularly in the chapter comparing Harry Potter to Enid Blyton's Fives series (I had not heard of these particular works), enriching my understanding and appreciation. Manlove's insights added some titles to my future reading list and gave me more perspectives from which to view the Harry Potter series, and for criticism, there is little higher praise.
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HASH(0x8c964df8) out of 5 stars Important contribution to the Harry Potter literature 6 Jun. 2012
By Ken Moe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book is chock full of insights and thought-provoking speculations about the Harry Potter canon and its author, J. K. Rowling. I found the lengthy and detailed recapitulations of plot and narrative from the seven HP books overdone and thus tending to smother Manlove's ultimately excellent points. However, he gets full marks for identifying the humanist form of Christianity that J. K. Rowling has embedded in this series. In my experience, he is the first scholar to do so.
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HASH(0x8cc7b54c) out of 5 stars Great In-Depth HP Analysis 3 Jan. 2011
By Nancy Carpentier Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Colin Manlove is an expert in literary analysis. Having taught English Lit for many years, he is qualified to write this new in-depth literary analysis of the Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7).

Besides being the author of numerous books, including C. S. Lewis: His Literary Achievement, Manlove lived within walking distance of J.K. Rowling in Scotland for a time.

This book does a very good job of digging deeply into the Potter series and making connections with literature the average reader has probably not encountered. This aspect makes the book fascinating reading, and will surely to add to your Harry Potter enjoyment.
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