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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2010
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I've only read one Harry Potter book - I suppose at 50 years old and a past Tolkien fan i was never going to quite catch the craze as others - however, i have seen all the films, and thought this book might be a clever and more in depth treatment than it turned out to be. it was quite good, but never really got to grips with the subject in any depth. I would not say it is just there to jump on the band-wagon, but doesn't really hit the mark of a serious attempt to analyse the subject.
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on 8 November 2010
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i can't really see the point of this book, academics dissect the harry potter novels looking for hidden meanings.
there is a long list of modern fictional characters that have been written about in exactly the same way.
the work has probably been recycled having already been submitted as part of a degree course.
this is just another way of making money like the multitude of unofficial celebrity biographys.
j k rowling is a good storyteller and the books should be taken at face value, they do not pretend to have any philosophical rhetoric.
the authors are giving flatulant reasons to justify the older generation's interest in the storys.
adults like the books because when they were young they liked to read exciting fantasies about demons and wizards.
should we look forward to reading their treatise on pinocchio?
The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series).
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VINE VOICEon 23 November 2010
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I should have read the front cover more closely, in small letters at the bottom it says how it is not connected in any way with anyone ever connected with the book or film series. That gives the book away really; no-one would want to be. The authors of the book are the kind of university types for whom money isn't a dirty word. You will understand what I mean when I tell you what other books they have been associated with, can you believe they have co-written such books as. "The Simpsons and Philosophy", "Batman and Philosophy", Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy", The Hobbit and Philosophy" and numerous others along that vein but perhaps the classic is "Basketball and Philosophy". So, the book confronts such issues as "Is love the most powerful magic of all" and "What can Severus Snape teach us about the possibility of redemption". Now this is amusing, particularly at first but it just drags on along this vein all the way through. As far as it is worth reading, you would just be better off looking at such semi-comic considerations on the 12 million Potter websites/ blogs and saving your money.
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