''An amazing new book about Harry Potter....This book does more, goes deeper, tells more, explains more, finds out more: in short, this book takes off where [John] Granger ends....This lady has done a TON of research, more than anyone I've ever read on this subject. I was enormously impressed. Elephantinely impressed.... Bottom line: This is the best Harry Potter in-depth uncover-all-secrets-the-author-tried-to-hide book ever.'' -- AMERICAN CHESTERTON SOCIETY,
'I thought I couldn't learn any more about Harry Potter....It took this book by Nancy Solon Villaluz to prove me wrong. Talk about the tip of the iceberg! Once I signed on to her quirky style...the book revealed itself, like Dumbledore, to be more than just a funny old schoolmaster. I am pleased to have discovered this treasure.'' -- REGINA DOMAN: Author 100,000+ copy bestseller Angel in the Waters.
''Perhaps the most informed analysis of Rowling's thoughts and inspiration yet published.... Using plenty of direct quotes and by taking the reader on a literary journey of discovery....Villaluz digs deeper into the right root -- the Rowling-dug root -- than anyone. Villaluz is on the right track, and Sleeping Dragons is the best Harry Potter analysis I've read to date.''--GILBERT MAGAZINE,
''A rich resource of interesting facts and analysis....Comprehensively researched, the book explores what Ms Rowling intended to do with these books. This is done through compelling analysis and research, compiled painstakingly.... Fans of the series will be immensely pleased to discover hitherto little known gems...This book is the first in a proposed trilogy, and based on this, I must say I'm looking forward to the second and third books!'' ----OFFICIAL AMAZON.COM prestigious ''VINE VOICE'' REVIEW, national ''TOP 10'' REVIEWER
About the Author
Nancy Solon Villaluz has been a Potter fan since 1999, but would rather not ''prattle on'' about herself here (feeling that any Gilderoy Lockhart-ish claims would only cause her readers a bit of nausea). Instead, she prefers to lavishly inform you about Harry & Rowling in,
Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons?
Since it will reveal much more important things to you in a much more compelling fashion.
***Please note: this book is not authorized by J.K. Rowling, her publishers, or Warner Bros. and is solely for the purpose of literary analysis, criticism, and commentary.***
This book is a must have for every Harry Potter fan who has an intuitive feeling that there's more to these books than meets the eye.
Author Nancy Solon Villaluz has done a tremendous amount of research, reading every Rowling interview, listening to every podcast and radio interview, and by using Rowling own words and hints, has uncovered secrets and patterns that help the reader to understand what Rowling really wanted to do with these books.
But besides all of the research, Villaluz shows herself to be extremely well read, quoting everything from Dickens, to Monty Python, to John the Baptist, to Dante, to Thomas Aquinas, to Michael O'Brien. She's also very familiar with the other Inkling's books, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and can compare and contrast the three with ease.
I found this Sleeping Dragons book, written as a journey in a creatively non-fiction way, to be a confirmation of what I'd only half understood about the Harry Potter series before. I found myself smiling, laughing, and agreeing through virtually every point made.
I believe that if you have an interest in Harry Potter's deeper meaning, if you are concerned about your children reading Harry Potter because of what might or might not be in the series, if you've tried to prove to friends or relatives that Harry Potter is OK, but without really having evidence in hand to prove it: you do now. This is the book. This book has all the evidence.
Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? by Nancy Solon Villaluz is a thoroughly researched in-depth analysis of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. In this book the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are compared favorably with the novels of Rowling. The author hails Jo Rowling as a modern-day "Inkling" writer, and I wholeheartedly agree, having done a mountain of research on that particular subject myself. This book is the first I have read that examines the influence of Elizabeth Goudge's The Little White Horse on Rowling's Harry Potter Septology. It also contains a very detailed list of Rowling quotes pertaining to her religious beliefs, and what her intentions were in writing the Potter series. A surprisingly long listing of references to Christianity in the Potter novels is also of interest in this first volume of an intended three-part series by Villaluz. This book was written in a very creative style, almost like an adventure novel, although it is a scholarly work. The illustrations by the author's husband, Ramir P. M. Villaluz, are a delight, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the deeper meaning and hidden symbolism of the Harry Potter novels, especially if you are familiar with the excellent books and lectures on Harry Potter by John Granger.
By the end of this book, Harry Potter fans will be hooked by the unprecedented, excellent education that this book provides on Ms. Rowling, herself. I sure was. Likewise, Harry Potter foes will surely be left with their jaws hanging down to the floor.
This book provides the most comprehensive look at Rowling's intentions and her hidden Harry Potter secrets that I've ever read, and I've read them all. The unique narrative style sets this Potter analysis apart from the pack: so does the incredible amount of research (Just chapter 4 alone makes this book worth the price of admission... wow!), and so do the tantalizing facts that gives us a fresh, long-overdue look into Rowling's deeper story. The research is very thorough, yet entertaining, and the ideas are not only mind blowing, but very wisely reasoned out and supported by little known facts that are brought to light brilliantly.
Notably, this is the only Potter analysis I've seen ever planned as a complete trilogy; it has a flawlessly beautiful layout; cool modern font usage, and each chapter begins with its own Potter-worthy original illustration. And it's in hardcover yet! Overall, this book is a highly impressive presentation worthy of the Harry Potter series.
This book now sits next to my 7 Harry Potter books as a valuable reference that I peek into frequently. I'm excitedly waiting for the second installment.
Whew....this book, was, in the nicest words, interesting. As a stereotypical poor college kid I figured that this would be $20 well spent. I was really hoping that I would be reading a book that tells us more about the Harry Potter series (Simple things, like why is Harry named Harry? typical stuff), unfortunately I ended up with some book that was over-analyzing (only religiously) every single little word written by JK Rowling. Even excluding the weird way it was written, I could not bring myself to finish it. The first chapter or so was interesting, explaining the meaning behind 'sleeping dragons' and such. After that, the rest of the chapters were extremely repetitive. I felt like the author was trying to prove something out of nothing. (In my opinion, the word 'God' once in a book does not make the book an allegory for the author's religion) After reading what seemed like the same chapter over and over and over and over and over and over and over, I just had to let go. I highly recommend NOT buying this book. If you still are interested, get it at the library.