Reading Harry Potter Again
New Critical Essays
by Giselle Liza Anatol, ed.
May 2009, 237pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36197-5
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From the scar on his forehead to his penchant for quidditch, Harry Potter is known around the globe. J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful books have sold some 400 million copies worldwide, making the people, places, and things she created intimately familiar to most literate people. Like all good works of fiction, the Harry Potter books and their themes resonate on many levels.

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, 2003), 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. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books could easily be called this generation’s most formative narratives, and thus certainly warrant critical attention.

This new volume of essays covers the entire seven-book sequence. Contributors consider myriad themes from a variety of perspectives. Areas addressed include religion, morality, race, magic, and other themes popular in discussing the books. With this book in hand, fans of the series—indeed anyone interested in the Harry Potter phenomenon—will better appreciate and understand Rowling’s work and the impact of her stories on our culture and on our times.

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This new volume of essays covers the entire seven-book sequence. Contributors consider a number of themes from a variety of perspectives. Areas addressed include religious themes, morality, race, magic, and other themes popular in discussing the books. Fans of the series, indeed anyone interested in the Harry Potter phenomenon, will better appreciate and understand Rowling's works and the impact of her stories on our culture and our times.
Giselle Liza Anatol is associate professor of English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. She is the editor of Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003) and has written several journal articles, book chapters, and other publications.
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