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Paul, David (19 May 2012). "Hundreds of pet owls abandoned after Harry Potter craze fades". mirror. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018 . Retrieved 12 April 2018. Book honour for Harry Potter author". BBC News. 21 September 2001. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008 . Retrieved 28 September 2008. Rowling has spoken about thematising death and loss in the series. Soon after she started writing Philosopher's Stone, her mother died; she said that "I really think from that moment on, death became a central, if not the central theme of the seven books". [42] Rowling has described Harry as "the prism through which I view death", and further stated that "all of my characters are defined by their attitude to death and the possibility of death". [43] The portrayal of women in Harry Potter has been described as complex and varied, but nonetheless conforming to stereotypical and patriarchal depictions of gender. [127] Gender divides are ostensibly absent in the books: Hogwarts is coeducational and women hold positions of power in wizarding society. However, this setting obscures the typecasting of female characters and the general depiction of conventional gender roles. [128] According to scholars Elizabeth Heilman and Trevor Donaldson, the subordination of female characters goes further early in the series. The final three books "showcase richer roles and more powerful females": for instance, the series' "most matriarchal character", Molly Weasley, engages substantially in the final battle of Deathly Hallows, while other women are shown as leaders. [129] Hermione Granger, in particular, becomes an active and independent character essential to the protagonists' battle against evil. [130] Yet, even particularly capable female characters such as Hermione and Minerva McGonagall are placed in supporting roles, [131] and Hermione's status as a feminist model is debated. [132] Girls and women are more frequently shown as emotional, more often defined by their appearance, and less often given agency in family settings. [128] [133] Right now, my 3rd kiddo is 5 years old and is very into the read alouds. While he doesn’t catch everything and we occasionally need to review important plot points, he catches most of it. And he LOVES all the magic and funny parts, and always asks for more. So we’re going with it. Our current 2 year old gets very chatty during reading time so one of the adults will usually read him other books in another room.

Of all the zeitgeist-defining fiction to come out of the past twenty years, perhaps none has been more universally beloved than the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. An incredibly imagined fantasy bildungsroman, it follows the eponymous boy wizard as he attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and contends with his destiny to fight the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Fortunately, he always has clever, loyal friends Ron and Hermione by his side — plus the invaluable mentorship of eccentric but wise Hogwarts headmaster, Dumbledore. The commercial success of Harry Potter reversed this trend. [171] The scale of its growth had no precedent in the children's market: within four years of the series' inception, it occupied 28% of that field by revenue. [172] Children's literature rose in cultural status, [173] and fantasy became a dominant genre. [174] Older works in the genre, including Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci series and Diane Duane's Young Wizards, were reprinted and rose in popularity; some authors re-established their careers. [175] In the following decades, many Harry Potter imitators and subversive responses grew popular. [176] [177] Universal and Warner Brothers created The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a Harry Potter-themed expansion to the Islands of Adventure theme park at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. It opened to the public on 18 June 2010. [246] It includes a re-creation of Hogsmeade and several rides; its flagship attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which exists within a re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [247]The series has been translated into more than 80 languages, [6] placing Rowling among the most translated authors in history. The books have seen translations to diverse languages such as Korean, Armenian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Bulgarian, Welsh, Afrikaans, Albanian, Latvian, Vietnamese and Hawaiian. The first volume has been translated into Latin and even Ancient Greek, [80] making it the longest published work in Ancient Greek since the novels of Heliodorus of Emesa in the 3rd century AD. [81] The second volume has also been translated into Latin. [82] Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's conflict with Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people). Speed-reading after lights out". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. 19 July 2000. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013 . Retrieved 27 September 2008.

Huler, Scott. "The magic years". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008 . Retrieved 28 September 2008.In Harry Potter, Rowling juxtaposes the extraordinary against the ordinary. [13] Her narrative features two worlds: a contemporary world inhabited by non-magical people called Muggles, and another featuring wizards. It differs from typical portal fantasy in that its magical elements stay grounded in the mundane. [14] Paintings move and talk; books bite readers; letters shout messages; and maps show live journeys, making the wizarding world both exotic and familiar. [13] [15] This blend of realistic and romantic elements extends to Rowling's characters. Their names are often onomatopoeic: Malfoy is difficult, Filch unpleasant and Lupin a werewolf. [16] [17] Harry is ordinary and relatable, with down-to-earth features such as wearing broken glasses; [18] the scholar Roni Natov terms him an "everychild". [19] These elements serve to highlight Harry when he is heroic, making him both an everyman and a fairytale hero. [18] [20]

Fenske, Claudia (2008). Muggles, Monsters and Magicians: A Literary Analysis of the Harry Potter Series. Peter Lang. p.3. Scholastic Inc, J.K. Rowling and Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P, Plaintiffs/Counterclaim Defendants, -against- Nancy Stouffer: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York". ICQ. 17 September 2002. Archived from the original on 7 June 2007 . Retrieved 12 June 2007. Penrod, D (December 2001). "The Trouble with Harry: A Reason for Teaching Media Literacy to Young Adults". The Writing Instructor. Professional Writing Program at Purdue University. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008 . Retrieved 16 May 2009.Harry Potter has been described as a cultural phenomenon. [183] [184] The word "Muggle" has spread beyond its origins in the books, entering the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003. [185] Research by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has found no increase in reading among children coinciding with the Harry Potter publishing phenomenon, nor has the broader downward trend in reading among Americans been arrested during the rise in the popularity of the Harry Potter books. [190] [191] The research also found that children who read Harry Potter books were not more likely to go on to read outside the fantasy and mystery genres. [190] NEA chairman Dana Gioia said the series, "got millions of kids to read a long and reasonably complex series of books. The trouble is that one Harry Potter novel every few years is not enough to reverse the decline in reading." [192] Bloom, Harold (24 September 2003). "Dumbing down American readers". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 17 June 2006 . Retrieved 20 June 2006.

Fields, J.W. (2007). " Harry Potter, Benjamin Bloom, and the Sociological Imagination" (PDF). International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 19 (2). Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 August 2010 . Retrieved 15 May 2009. Salon Columnist". Salon.com. 2000. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008 . Retrieved 3 August 2008.


For me, the two most important questions when making that decision were, 1. Is my child interested/do they have the desire? Are they the ones asking to read it, or is it me who is pushing it on them? and 2. Do they scare easily at other media? Are they likely to be scared, and then have negative reactions? Will this deter them from reading in the future? Sawyer, Jenny (25 July 2007). "Missing from 'Harry Potter"– a real moral struggle". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007 . Retrieved 16 April 2008. In 2016, she released three new e-books: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists Besides the sheer brilliance of plotting in this book, Rowling also presents some interesting commentary with the Dementors, which symbolize depression and force Harry to grapple with his past trauma. Indeed, though Goblet of Fire is widely identified as the “transition point” into the darker themes of the series’ latter half, Prisoner of Azkaban is definitely where those themes begin to take root. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in 1997, is the first book in the Harry Potter series and introduces the character of Harry Potter. It’s no secret that this is the book that got a whole generation of children reading, and the book doesn’t disappoint. We learn about Harry’s miserable life living in a cupboard under the stairs in the house of his ghastly aunt and uncle followed by the liberating news that he is a famous wizard and will not remain the downtrodden orphan forever. Leaving the direness of suburbia behind, he goes off to boarding school at Hogwarts.

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