The Hidden Messages Of Harry Potter??

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Tue, 07-24-2012 - 12:45pm

A friend shared this article with me; it's an excerpt from a book in which the author talks about the "hidden" messages in the Harry Potter series -- Well, maybe it's best if you read it yourself...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/hidden-messages-of-harry-potter_n_1695705.html

Maybe I'm just not high-brow enough to delve that deeply into the social implications of a fictional world; what ever happened to a good read being just that -- a good read! 

What are your thoughts on this author's perspectives?

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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 10:14am

Hmm... good point! And just judging by the sheer number of comments on that article, he certainly got attention.

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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 12:43pm
I just read Harry Potter for fun and enjoyment.
this reminds me of literature in school. I hated examining what the characters did and why.
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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 1:11pm

Exactly, sweetrose! While there are times I enjoy discussion characters and their actions, I'm not going to dissect them piece by piece. Nor am I going to analyze why the author may have constructed them that way! LOL I just want to enjoy the stories that unfold. Too many good books still left to be read!

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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 1:24pm
cmbren wrote:

Exactly, sweetrose! While there are times I enjoy discussion characters and their actions, I'm not going to dissect them piece by piece. Nor am I going to analyze why the author may have constructed them that way! LOL I just want to enjoy the stories that unfold. Too many good books still left to be read!    ...Yep talking about a book for fun and enjoyment  is fine and good . I still have piles of books to read too.

 

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Wed, 07-25-2012 - 5:43pm

I really don't want to analyze my books that much so I don't like articles like this one.  I agree with you Brenda - a book is a book and hopefully a good read and a good escape.  I don't even analyze my legal thrillers where others mention that they have a few wrong legal ideas.  This is probably why I don't pay much attention to critics and reviews.

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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 2:22pm
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... This is probably why I don't pay much attention to critics and reviews.

Same here, Melissa! I prefer to get recommendations from all you ladies; my TBR pile just keeps growing and that's how Ilike it! I tend to panic if I have less than a dozen unread books on hand.

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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 2:41pm

i don't look for hidden messages in any book i read. i read them for the entertainment value or as a means to escape for a little while. sad that someone has to pick apart books as they read them, where is all the joy in that???

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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 2:50pm

Hi MoCyn... and welcome to The Book Club board! It is interesting to see others perspectives about books; I guess in this case it just got my dander up because it seems so... what is the word I'm looking for? Pretentious, maybe? Or maybe it's just because I'm growing weary of people seeming to see hidden agendas in darn near everything -- I get like that during an election year! LOL

I think you're right about the authors taking what they are familiar ... it's their imagination and ability to weave magic out of the things that are right before us all that amazes me. For instance, I remember reading an interview with Suzanne Collins. She said the one night, she was really tired and just sitting at home, channel surfing on television.  As she flipped channels between a reality show and footage of the invasion of Iraq when the two "began to blur in this very unsettling way"... and the idea for The Hunger Games was born. It seems such a simple, uncomplicated start for one of the best series of books I've read in ages!

I was a late bloomer when it came to reading Harry Potter; I only got started on them because my daughter gave my youngest son the set for Christmas when he was about 8. We started reading them together at bedtime; when he fell asleep, I stayed up the whole night finishing the book and moving on to the rest of them! It's really pretty cool to have books that both parents and children enjoy, don't you think?

Hope to see you on the board often!

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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 2:55pm

I hear you, Ellen -- but at least we know we can always find (and share) the joy we experience in books here, right? :smileyvery-happy: