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Harry Potter textbook

It had to happen. Someone has written a textbook on Harry Potter… basically creating ‘Harry Potter Studies’ reports the Boston College Chronicle. Vera Lee has penned On the Trail of Harry Potter – the first book-length literary analysis of the Harry Potter novels.

JK Rowling’s books are, of course, a classic example of Bildungsroman where the main protagonist matures from youth into adulthood and overcomes obstacles along the way. In that respect, the books owe everything to the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who kicked off the whole Bildungsroman genre, and are hardly original. I presume the book also draws parallels to Merlin as both Harry Potter and Merlin are flawed individuals – Merlin couldn’t resist a pretty maiden and Potter becomes a teenage brat.

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Richard Davies

2 Responses to “Harry Potter textbook”

  1. Dave Peterson May 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    You wrote “matures from youth into childhood” – Isn’t that a reverse Bildungsroman journey? – maybe it’s like the song; “Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now”.

  2. Richard Davies
    Richard Davies May 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks, Dave – edit made. I think I created a whole new science fiction genre there.