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on 17 June 2012
How Harry Casts His Spell was originally entitled Looking for God in Harry Potter and there's no doubt the original title describes far better what the book is about. Before you get the idea it's a collection of sermons hooked onto to Harry, let me say at once it's a terrific work of literary criticism.

John Granger knows the Harry Potter books inside out and clearly loves them deeply. How Harry Casts His Spell is a wonderful uncovering of the deep spiritual truths that exist in any worthwhile work of literature. It's also a brave book; it was written when Harry Potter was the object of hatred among the more weird and wonderful of the religious Right, when loads of people "didn't get" what all the fuss was about because Harry was "just" a kids' book and were deeply scornful of those who did.

John Granger's style is very readable and he does the reader the courtesy of assuming that not only are they are serious about wanting to understand why the Harry Potter saga has so many millions of admirers but are perfectly capable of taking on board some very serious themes.

Obviously this book is for Harry Potter lovers and if you're interested in philosophy, ethics and religion, this book is for you
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on 6 February 2010
This is an excellent intoduction to the Harry Potter books. If you want to know the answers to the meaning of the Potter novels and and why they are so successfull then look no further. John Granger writes an interesting and compelling read. It is written from a christian point of view, but do not let that put you off. The book explores Symbols, Names, Magic, Good and Evil, Life and Death, Alchemy, Spiritual content, and christian meaning, and a whole lot more.
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