Monday, June 26, 2017

A Book Find (of Sorts)

It was twenty years ago today that “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published for the first time. Six sequels in a series, eight films, a couple charity efforts, and a film spin-off series in the works later, it is an undisputed classic of English literature. That is due to the quality of the writing, but also to the messages, morals, and meaning interwoven into the highly engaging story.

It may seem like a moot point, recommending that people read this book with all the time that has passed and the success that it has had. But, there are surely a lot of people—especially those of a religious persuasion—who have not yet experienced this story of good vs. evil, of love and sacrifice overcoming fear and selfishness. And that is unfortunate, especially considering the Christian influence behind the plot.

Here are some other thoughts on the subject: General, Stone, Chamber, Prisoner, Cup, Order, Prince, Hallows, film 1, +, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7&8, 7, 8Snape, Hermione, Themes, Passivity, Malfoys

1 comment:

  1. I was in library school when HP was first hitting the big time. It was interesting to follow the objections some people raised. It was also a little perplexing, as Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" (ages 10+) was winning awards all over the place, and was explicitly anti-religion, yet attracted no attention at all. I guess a book has to hit an extremely high level of popularity to attract that kind of protest?


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