- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Zossima Press (January 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982238525
- ISBN-13: 978-0982238523
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader Paperback – January 8, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I must urge anyone who gets this book to be finished with the series, and you may be thinking "doesn't the title imply that?" Well, yes, it does. Unfortunately, the inroduction implies that first-time readers could use the book, and I believe it would be too spoiler heavy to do so.
Thomas' focus doesn't seem to be on the larger themes of the Potter series (though at the end, I'm sure they will have come through); this is in comparison to, say, John Granger's work or Travis Prinzi's. His focus is more like Connie Neal's: where she focuses on Christian imagery in the series, he ABSOLUTELY focuses on punning, foreshadowing and other literary elements. He points out Rowling's amazing ability as a wordsmith.
The book is a little tedious, because again, you're going book... by... book... and that can be exhausting (as the Potter series itself is), but it's worth the wait. Like the Potter series, each chapter builds on the previous, and the book gets better as you go along.
I urge you to read this book if you want more Potter analysis and if you've completed reading the stories. It's a delight.
This is must-reading for the Harry Potter fan. If you thought you appreciated and loved the books before, you'll be surprised at how much more you love them after letting a seasoned literature professor take you on a great tour through the seven-book series; or, as Dr. Thomas says, the seven-part book. And don't let his 30+ years of being a scholar in academia scare you away. This book is very accessible to all readers.
This is also an important resource for every Potter fan who's had to deal with someone dismissing the novels as trite or juvenile. They're nothing of the sort, and Dr. Thomas makes a solid case that Rowling's seven-part Harry Potter story should be set on the same shelf as the Great Books of the past.
Want a solid defense for your love of Potter and your opinion that the books are great? Buy this book!
So why only four stars? Because of the appalling number of typos. Honestly, this is a book about careful reading, and I don't think I have ever read a book with so many mistakes. "Gown" for "grown." "D.A.B" instead of "R.A.B." "Stare" rather than "stair." "Privet" misspelled throughout the book. There are dozens of these mistakes, and they are like fingernails on a chalkboard. Does Zossima Press not have proofreaders or copy editors? I hope that before the next printing (and I very much hope that there will be a next printing) someone sits down with a red pencil and fixes this mess. If Zossima truly does not have a copy editor, I hereby volunteer to submit an errata sheet.
That said, I would recommend this book to any serious Potter fan.
The work is thorough, but not in the least tedious; the easygoing style used by Dr. Thomas is delightful.
The introduction is a must read. Dr. Thomas successfully tackles the criticism of the Potter books head-on. In fact, Dr. Thomas' admiration for the story, for the characters, and for Rowling's writing runs through the book and should be refreshing for any Potter fan.
As others have said, this book should be saved until all seven books have been read, but is recommended before and during re-readings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish that the author was a bit more organized, and I felt that he could have expanded on several details and thought processes, but I loved the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like Harry Potter and the writing ability of JK Rowling, you will love this book. The Professor gives details of each book, including how Rowling used her story, in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by James L. Hawes
This was amazing. It made me fall in love with Harry potter all over again! I will reread all seven books again after this.Published 20 months ago by melissa sarsfield
This book was a lot of fun and the pacing of the book was just right. I never felt like it focused too long on a certain book or chapter ( although I do wish he would have spent... Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Reeves
This is an excellent re-telling of all seven Harry Potter books. It is very clear and easy to understand. I love this book and have actually read it through three times. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pamela T.
While Thomas makes some keen observations, this book basically goes through each of the seven books chapter by chapter and points out interesting aspects. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kristin J. Bradburn
Great book if interested in delving back into your Harry Potter books once again. The professor helped me to see how punny Rowlings can be and certain things I missed when reading... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Steph