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The Riddles of Harry Potter : Secret Passages and Interpretive Quests - Shira Wolosky

The Riddles of Harry Potter

Secret Passages and Interpretive Quests

Hardcover Published: 7th June 2011
ISBN: 9780230109292
Number Of Pages: 225

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Handbooks, guides, and articles on the Harry Potter books have been produced, but there is as yet no sustained discussion of the series as a literary work. Shira Wolosky shows here that the Harry Potter books take part in a rich literary tradition, including allegorical double meanings, mirror images among characters, psychological explorations of family dynamics, political and social critique, and complex moral questions. This book draws readers into deeper meanings of Harry Potter, arguing that the books launch and pursue interpretive quests in an ongoing effort to understand patterns and their attendant meanings, implications, and consequences.

'The Riddles of Harry Potter convincingly argues that Rowling's books are 'carefully crafted literary works, with many layers of meaning.' Wolosky is at her best when analyzing the structural devices and rich wordplay employed by Rowling to underpin the psychological development of her characters and to drive forward a plot that is a mixture of detective novel, teenage adventure, fantasy epic, and mythical morality tale.' - The Chronicle of Higher Education



'At last, an excellent book on Harry Potter! Untrammelled, direct, and illuminating, sophisticated without condescension, The Riddles of Harry Potter reminds readers why they liked the Potter saga in the first place. This book shows Rowling to be, in the best sense, a major writer: meticulously intelligent where she is most droll, engaged deeply with the British literary tradition, a careful ethicist and a sharp chronicler of the great dilemmas, great joys, and great horrors of daily life. Wolosky has written a work of crisp literary intelligence, marking Rowling's debts to Augustine, the Gnostic and Patristic traditions, and to contemporary popular culture. An energetic and subtle braid!' - Jacques Lezra, Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, New York University, USA

Note on Referencesp. xi
The Magic of Harry Potterp. 1
Ordinary Worlds and Magic Onesp. 3
Dursleys and Weasleysp. 6
Word Riddlesp. 9
Magic Figuresp. 17
Double Meaningsp. 23
Inside and Outsidep. 23
The World at Warp. 34
The Other Ministryp. 37
Horcruxesp. 44
Well-Spotted: Plots and Reversalsp. 51
Reading Backwardsp. 53
Plotting Forwardsp. 57
Interpretive Questsp. 63
The Turns of Time: Memory, Prediction, Prophecyp. 75
Memoryp. 76
Predictionp. 84
The Prophecyp. 89
Seen and Unforeseenp. 92
Mirror Imagesp. 99
Reflecting Charactersp. 101
Father Figuresp. 107
The Secret Riddlep. 113
Double Agentp. 120
Moral Fablesp. 127
The Elder Wandp. 127
Love or Powerp. 130
The Prophecy Againp. 139
Possessionp. 141
Moral Choicesp. 144
The Invisibility Cloakp. 149
Rebirthp. 157
The Resurrection Stonep. 157
Horcruxes or Hallowsp. 162
Rebirthp. 165
Mothersp. 170
Ordinary Magicp. 176
Appendix: Discussion Topicsp. 185
Harry Potter and Fairy Talesp. 185
Harry Potter and Psychological Interpretationp. 186
Allegory and Literary Traditionp. 187
History, Ideology, Cultural Studiesp. 188
Ethical Engagementsp. 190
Hermeneuticsp. 191
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 221
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ISBN: 9780230109292
ISBN-10: 0230109292
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 225
Published: 7th June 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1