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The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure 2nd Edition

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About the Author

John Granger is a teacher of classic literature and much-interviewed expert on Harry Potter. His self-published book on Potter received critical praise from such notables as John Warwick Montgomery, considered by many to be our generation's most important apologist for biblical Christianity. Granger lives with his wife and seven children in Port Townsend, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Zossima Press; 2nd edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972322175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972322171
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It seems like the majority of Deathly Hallows critique and analysis has focused on what Rowling got wrong -- the opportunities she missed, the issues left unresolved, etc. Mr. Granger's book of essays/lectures points out what Rowling got right and makes a very persuasive argument that Deathly Hallows is the artistic capstone of the series, and not just a cop-out. Mr. Granger's arguments are written in a clear and entertaining way that makes them accessible to casual readers. But there is also a lot of meat to his ideas -- enough to intrigue even jaded lit majors such as myself. Mr. Granger makes a wonderful analogy between the game of Quidditch and literary analysis and invites us to become seekers. His book is a demonstration of the riches that await someone willing to delve deeper beyond the storyline into the symbols and structures that underly the story and that give the story its emotional and moral impact. Mr. Granger's book is also helpful for anyone wishing to cut through the kerfuffle regarding Christianity and occultism in Harry Potter and the debate as to whether Harry Potter has literary merit. His discussions of these issues are thoughtful and balanced. I definitely have a greater appreciation of Deathly Hallows having read Mr. Granger's book and I am newly inspired to keep seeking to find new treasures in Ms. Rowling's work. Thanks to Mr. Granger, Dante on my short list of works to re-read.
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By eeyore6771 on September 17, 2008
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Having read all of John Granger's books, I was not surprised to find that this latest one, "The Deathly Hallows Lectures" is full of even more insights into the depth of the Harry Potter books. This book is not only fun to read, taking the reader back through all the books, and tying up the series with Deathly Hallows, but also points to the rich tradition of literature that inspired J. K. Rowling. Granger's book also shows how Rowling answered her Christian critics throughout the series, by pointing the obvious Christian imagery throughout the books, and especially in the last one, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

Because of this book, as well as John's previous ones, I've been delving back into Austen, Dickens, Lewis, Shakespeare and many others. And now, I've added Dante to my list.

"The Deathly Hallows Lectures" by John Granger sheds light on the symbolic writing of Rowling in a way that enhances every re-reading of the Harry Potter books, making them even more enjoyable than they were on my first reading.
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You don't have to be an authority on Dante, C.S.Lewis, or William Shakespeare to get your head around John Granger's latest book, *The Deathly Hallows Lectures*. The purpose of DHL is to introduce and enlighten the reader as to the many layers of symbolism in Harry Potter's journey/defeat over Lord Voldemort.

The HogWarts Professor writes in an easy-to-read style that combines his quirky humor with the intricacies of literary analysis. John doesn't talk down to his reader. On the contrary, his tone is quite personable. I felt as if I was sitting in an upper-level lit class led by an instructor more interested in making sure I was "getting" the information instead of telling me how much he knew. A word of caution: you may want to keep a dictionary close at hand during the meatier/deeper discussion points!

Bottom line, *The Deathly Hallows Lectures* is a wonderful tool for unlocking the many layers of J K Rowling's work. Serious readers will no doubt recognize the many literary traditions John references throughout. Novices (like myself) will be introduced to new ways of reading and examining the deeper meanings beneath the storylines. I heartily recommend *The Deathly Hallows Lectures* to the serious and interested-in-becoming-serious reader.
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I bought this book on Amazon.com along with Does Harry Potter Tickle Sleeping Dragons? [2nd Edition, Revised & Expanded] [Series Book 1] by Nancy Solon Villaluz, which I preferred for its much more interesting, flowing writing style, being more in-depth in all the right places, its groundbreaking content, and being more specifically about Rowling, Rowling's intentions, and Harry than "The Deathly Hallows Lectures" is. (Click "See All My Reviews" to read my full review of the Villaluz book.) That being said, The Deathly Hallows Lectures is still worth reading for college-level fans of Harry Potter who want to spend 300 pages seeing how classical literature interpolates into Rowling's final book.

Now, before Granger's fans immediate click the "No, not helpful" on this review just because it's only 3-star, please let me explain the reasons for Mr. Granger's star deductions.

I deducted one star for overlong passages. As a long-time reader of Mr. Granger's, I know that he has always had some interesting ideas (along with his history of wildly wrong guesses... who could ever forget his laughable "Evil Slughorn" arguments in his other book, etc.), but it would just be nice if he didn't tend to ramble on like Rowling's character, Professor Binns. Mr. Granger is a live speaker, and though I've never had the opportunity to see him in person, I suspect this book's weakness is that it stems from live lectures which don't always work well in text form. The editing and organizational problems are greatly reduced in Granger's publisher-published books, but this title is self-published by his own "Zossima Press," and the lengthiness just got way out of control without benefit of a professional publisher's editor.
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