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Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? Hardcover – November 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0979422980 ISBN-10: 0979422981 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Ramance Press; 1st edition (November 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979422981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979422980
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''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.***


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3.2 out of 5 stars

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Carpentier Brown on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Denise M. Roper on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Gibson on March 23, 2010
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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.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larz Goodman on December 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There is a lot of good information in this book. It really is a "deep" study of the Christian meaning in the Harry Potter septology. However, it seemed like she thought she was writing to kids. "Now follow me through this door, and let's see what's hiding in here for us to discover." It got annoying.
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Nancy Solon Villaluz has crafted a very enjoyable, insightful and uniquely written book that is well worth reading. Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? not only provides hidden secrets and insights about the Potter Septology (Nancy's reference to the seven books in Harry Potter series), plus biographical information and influences of J.K. Rowling, but employs a narrative style that should have broad appeal for Harry Potter fans.

Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? is entertaining and fun whilst being educational all at the same time. Having read aloud all the Harry Potter books (to my children), re-read to myself, listened to all the audio tapes and seen all 5 movies, I thoroughly enjoyed this insightful book full of new discoveries, revealing clues, and showing J.K.Rowling's influences and intentions that I had not picked-up on or known about before. In addition to being an avid Tolkien and C.S. Lewis fan, which is an extra bonus in reading this book, I really gained a new level of appreciation for J.K. Rowling herself and what she has accomplished with the Harry Potter books. However, as is mentioned in the books opening "Warning" it would be advisable to have at least read all of the Harry Potter Septology but not completely necessary (That is if you don't mind spoilers). Whatever your Harry Potter level, I believe, Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? offers something extra for the very `age-diverse' Harry Potter fan base. This broad-base appeal doesn't just work because of all the meticulous research on Harry Potter and its author but is driven forward by Nancy's appealing, sometimes humorous and highly witty narrative.

The narrative style that drives the book begins at `a small stone bridge over the babbling creek' ....
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