Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds

Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds

"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." Those words, written by Plutarch and quoted by J.K. Rowling in her 2008 Harvard commencement speech, sum up both the Harry Potter series and Travis Prinzi's analysis of the best-selling books in Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds. Great imaginative literature places the readers between two worlds - the story world and the world of daily life - and challenges readers to imagine and to act for a better world. Starting with Harry Potter's great themes, Harry Potter & Imagination takes readers on a journey through the transformative power of those themes for both the individual and for culture by placing Rowling's series in its literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Prinzi explores how fairy stories in general, and Harry Potter in specific, are not merely tales that are read to "escape from the real world," but stories with the power to transform by teaching us to imagine better. . - .[Endorsement]: . - . "Harry Potter & Imagination offers a challenging and rewarding tour of the inspirations for and meanings behind J.K. Rowling's lauded series. Travis Prinzi ably explores how the Harry Potter books satisfy fundamental human yearnings, utilize mythological archetypes, and embody their author's social vision. From Arthurian romance and Lovecraftian horror to postmodernism and political theory, Prinzi provides new insights into the Harry Potter phenomenon. Harry Potter & Imagination will not only fascinate and entertain readers, but will also convince them that fairy tales matter." [Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, editor of Past Watchful Dragons] - . - [Endorsement]: . - . "There is no more insightful commenter on the Harry Potter novels than Travis Prinzi - and Harry Potter & Imagination is an ideal showcase for his original thinking and lucid writing. This trail-blazing guidebook into the world of Harry Potter - showing the imaginative way between two worlds - is a must read." [John Granger, author of The Deathly Hallows Lectures and other books]

Title:Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780982238516
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    Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds Reviews

  • Blaise Haddow

    I found the editing poor, the essays insubstantial, and the constant references to Tolkein, Lewis, and the Bible more harmful than helpful in deepening the analysis. He overuses these examples to a po...

  • Adam Ross

    This book was really uneven. Prinzi is a skilled commentator, but some of the essays were better than others. The first chapter (on Harry Potter as faerie story) was fairly weak, not because the argum...

  • Laura

    I liked this. It's still kind of a foreign experience reading commentary on the Harry Potter books instead of the Harry Potter books themselves, but I could get used to a bit of it. Things I learned: ...

  • Scott

    Great analysis of the Harry Potter books. I learned interesting new things about not only JK Rowling, but also about some of the other authors Rowling is compared to. If you are looking for something ...

  • Saroon

    i like when something i read makes me want to write about what i read. some of the chapters in this book gave me ideas for new papers/essays that could be written someday. ...

  • Lotzastitches

    Some notes on ipod...

  • George

    One of the best in-depth analyses of the themes & characters & issues addressed in the Harry Potter series. ...