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Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader

Unlocking Harry Potter Five Keys for the Serious Reader UNLOCKING HARRY POTTER gives you five essential keys for understanding the HARRY POTTER series Not just who will live or die in DEATHLY HOLLOWS but how J K Rowling created the most successful books o

  • Title: Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader
  • Author: John Granger
  • ISBN: 9780972322126
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • UNLOCKING HARRY POTTER gives you five essential keys for understanding the HARRY POTTER series Not just who will live or die in DEATHLY HOLLOWS, but how J.K Rowling created the most successful books of our times To understand the story behind the stories, John Granger, author of THE HIDDEN KEY TO HARRY POTTER and editor of WHO KILLED ALBUS DUMBLEDORE , introduces the thUNLOCKING HARRY POTTER gives you five essential keys for understanding the HARRY POTTER series Not just who will live or die in DEATHLY HOLLOWS, but how J.K Rowling created the most successful books of our times To understand the story behind the stories, John Granger, author of THE HIDDEN KEY TO HARRY POTTER and editor of WHO KILLED ALBUS DUMBLEDORE , introduces the themes and patterns Rowling uses to write books that resonate with readers of all ages This book is for serious readers but Granger writes in a very entertaining style If you never understood the term postmodernism or how literary alchemy is used by great authors from Shakespeare to J.K Rowling, then this is a fun way to learn UNLOCKING HARRY POTTER is the only book to examine in depth the importance of what Rowling said in an interview from 1998, that to invent this wizard world she had to learn about alchemy in order to set the parameters and establish the stories internal logic Here s what other HARRY POTTER authors and experts have to say about UNLOCKING HARRY POTTER I got so hooked I had to stop everything else and just read, read, read I carried it around the house, read it while using the excercycle, I hid in rooms away from the action of daily life so I could take it all in I haven t had that reaction to a book since, well, THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE A spectacular read for all serious fans of Rowling s works Compelling, well argued, fun and funny Engaging Thought provoking Erudite Tom Morris, author of IF HARRY POTTER RAN GENERAL ELECTRIC and PHILOSOPHY FOR DUMMIES John Granger peels back the layers of Rowling s stories and sees patterns the rest of us miss and he never forgets to be a fan, engaging in fun speculation about what will come in the finale Once Granger has shown himself to be second to none among Potter commentators and literary sleuths Some books are meant to be ingested quickly Not this one Serious fans of HARRY POTTER will relish it David Baggett, editor of HARRY POTTER AND PHILOSOPHY.

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    1. I found Unlocking Harry Potter interesting, even useful, but fundamentally flawed and deeply irritating. John Granger gives us lenses (keys) through which to view aspects of the Harry Potter novels. Some of them are mysterious and new (alchemy), and some of them are just basic English 101. I’ll start with the 101 materialRRITIVE MISDIRECTIONGranger spends a chapter on “narrative misdirection.” He shows how the point of view of the novels is intended to keep us looking at all the action thr [...]

    2. Except for the first chapter, I found Granger's arguments unconvincing. There are equally valid explanations for all the phenomena he points out.

    3. John Granger has been one of the foremost champions of recognizing the importance of literary alchemy in the Harry Potter series. This is his fourth book examining and analyzing evidence from the wildly popular series.Many people simply scratch their heads and say, "Alchemy? That weird pseudo-science that predated chemistry? The one where nuts tried to turn lead into gold?"Yup, that's the one. Except John Granger goes on to explain exactly what alchemy was and wasn't, and why our perceptions of [...]

    4. Whew! I have finished Granger's thoroughly literate and articulate analysis of the Harry Potter series and am immediately eager to read it again. I have gleaned a tremendous amount of insight into the series itself, as well as the highly sophisticated nature of Rowling's writing, writing that has previously been dubbed by the Ivory Tower as unworthy of serious reflection. His "five keys" to understanding the series are enlightening and enriching, not to mention extremely validating for fans who [...]

    5. I really liked this book insofar as it gave me insight to some of the myths and stories that may have influenced JK Rowling in her writing. The book was written before the Harry Potter series was finished, so there are a lot of predictions in it. Though some of them were wrong, a great many were dead-on, and the logic behind those predictions was fun to read.

    6. This book is compelling in its argument about the influence of alchemy on J.K. Rowley in writing her Harry Potter books. The book also explained in clear terms deconstructionist theory (at least I think he did--I understood what he meant, but perhaps he is not correct). At any rate, there was much in this book that adds depth to the reading of the Harry Potter books. However, the book could certainly use an editor, as evidenced by the repetition of many of the author's arguments and themes.

    7. I really enjoyed this book, even if it was a little over my head. I like John Granger and I think he is a logical author, one who doesn't just say something for the sake of being heard. He really does his research, and even if his assumptions or theories are wrong, you can't say that he didn't back them up with a lot of evidence. I especially liked this book because it gave me an entirely new view on HP. I never really considered all that went into HP, especially his whole chapter on Alchemy (al [...]

    8. This is, as the title suggests, a book for serious readers. It is about the literary symbolism and structure of the series, with the goal of then forecasting what will happen in book seven.While I can't say that I "enjoyed" reading this book the way I enjoyed read Harry Potter, I did learn about Harry Potter, English literature, and what to look for when I read other books.If' you're looking for light beach reading, start over with book one and read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, not this on [...]

    9. I found the Postmodern themes (Key 4) hard to get through but was interested in learning how to look at the series from the literary perspective. Remembering this was written before the book 7 was out I tried not to judge on his misses but rather learn from his message and several points came through in totally different fashions, but they came none the less. I am thinking of the Malfoys linking up the Slytherin house at the end, Dobby's overlooked powers were critical to Harry's success as well [...]

    10. This book is a wonderful bridge between Harry Potter and classical literature: Shakespeare, Austen, the Greek classics, Blake, Milton and more. The author is an English teacher. I wish I knew about this book when niece Hannah was struggling with her Shakespeare class and the concept of literary alchemy. Granger is a bit long-winded and over technical when it comes to his discussion of literary alchemy but teachers and parents, take note. Once you have "cracked the code" with Granger and explain [...]

    11. Well-documented discussion of alchemy (in particular) and post-modernism in the Harry Potter books; written too soon, though, and the "predictions" for the last book were, for the most part, way off. I would like to see how the seventh book fits in in regards to the alchemy discussed early in the book. Glaring grammatical errors plague the last few chapters, though, so it seems to have been rushed in production so as to cash in on the pre-seventh Harry Potter release.

    12. Granger has produced a brilliant introduction to literary alchemy via the Harry Potter series, incorporating crossovers with (albeit basic) postmodern and post-colonial theory. My one qualm is with his blatant and frequent reminders to us and unnecessary defense of Rowling's Christian faith, mentioning it throughout the six-chapter book no less than four times. (Rowling, by the way, has said she is a Christian.)

    13. Brilliant! I didn't read Unlocking Harry Potter until after reading the series in full and found myself astounded by how spot on a lot of John Granger's predictions for the last book were. But it's learning about the "five keys" to Harry Potter that make this book worth buying and reading. You'll find your appreciatio for the extreme care Rowling puts into her craft grow ten-fold. This book will make you want to re-read the entire series with this knew knowledge about how it was crafted.

    14. Wasn't my type but it's good book for those curious about what's real and what's not and all that stuff regarding Harry Potter.I DID notice something interesting though. It's one of the reasons why I bought this book in the first place. The author's name is John Granger. GRANGER. Ring any bells? Can he be her Muggle relative? Future son? Hmmm an interesting possibility.

    15. This is possibly the best introduction to the Potter books available. If you want to understand what is going on "behind the scenes" in Harry Potter, this is the book.

    16. Scott left this book at my house and I tried reading it so I could be a full HP geek, but honestly all this alchemy stuff was really repetitive and maybe I just don't like reading literary criticism.

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