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Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader Paperback – January 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0982238523 ISBN-10: 0982238525

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Product Details

  • 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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book is very accessible to all readers.
Travis Prinzi
Lots of details and things you might have missed while reading it the first (or 10th) time!
Virginia
This book is an excellent companion to the Harry Potter's series.
Itzel Delzingaro

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Demarest on February 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is an interesting exploration of the Potter series. I loved Prof. Thomas' introduction, and his comparison of Rowling's writing to Lewis' and Tolkien's was one of my favorite parts.

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.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Travis Prinzi on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Dr. Thomas writes as a 30+ year scholar with a keen literary eye and a brilliant wit that will have you alternating between "Aha!" moments and all-out laughter as you journey with him through a re-read of the seven Harry Potter novels.

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!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on March 14, 2009
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Written in a friendly conversational style, this book emphasizes foreshadowing and punning with many specific examples of each. The author also points out bits which he found less than plausible,(and why he found them so), as well as discussing sections he thought especially laudable. One of the things I appreciate is the artful way in which he directs you to other authors...no pressure, but you'll want to take the suggestions! I found this book to be like the Harry Potter series itself- starting off good and progressing to excellence. You'll finish this book with a greater than ever appreciation of the mastery of J K Rowling.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linthicum on April 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the book I was waiting for. Dr. Thomas has a knowledge of literature, mythology and etymology that is just amazing. One of the things I like most about the Harry Potter books is Rowling's sly references, but until reading this book I had not realized how many went right over my head. Reading this book is like having a conversation with a scary-smart fellow Potter fan.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Potter Fan on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book very much. Dr. Thomas gives a thoughtful and scholarly approach to the Potter books, and does it in a pleasantly readable manner. There is ample and fascinating analysis of foreshadowing and wordplay, as well as things such as irony, symbolism, and misdirection.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Blair Weisbecker on June 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the best Potter-related book I have read. It is thorough, fun, and thought-provoking. You're hooked from the Introduction and look forward to each chapter's treatment of the next Rowling book. Fortunately, the typos mentioned by a couple of earlier reviewers are not a problem since there's been a second printing of the book. I think you'll really like Repotting Harry Potter.
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