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A guide to the Harry Potter novels

Author: Julia Eccleshare
Publisher: London : Continuum, 2002.
Series: Contemporary classics of children's literature, 2002: 1
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study looks at J.K. Rowling's books and considers some of the reasons for their phenomenal success. This is done against a backdrop of how Harry Potter relates to other contemporary children's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Gidsen (vorm)
Named Person: Harry Potter, (Fictitious character); J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Eccleshare
ISBN: 0826453171 9780826453174
OCLC Number: 902010768
Description: 114 p.
Contents: Part 1 Introduction: brief background to major success in children's books - Blyton, Just William, Tolkien, R.L. Stine, Roald Dahl - reflect different models that work; HP titles have something of all of these about them because of the different genres they straddle; Part 2 What is Harry Potter?: how it is written - the unlikely place of a boarding school story at the end of the 20th century, the construction of the stories with their emphasis on complex plotting, the concept of a group of characters who are growing up, the sense of place, the use of magic and its relationship to the powers of darkness; the imaginative genius and the moments of weakness; what it is saying about - racial tolerance/equality, the importance of family/friends/loyalty, the nature of power, the role of education; Part 3 Beyond the story, why is Harry Potter so much more successful than anything else?: the particular qualities of HP; the ability to speak directly to children as readers; psychological and sociological reasons centering around child-empowerment and a specific understanding of the child's view of the world; Part 4 How was the HP phenomenon achieved?: the dominant role of HP in the last three years and the role of marketing in achieving it; the self-fulfilling effect of over-popular authors in the context of how children choose what they read; the reversing of the norm in which adults rather than children themselves are the initial selectors; Part 5 The Harry Potter effect: how writing for children may be viewed differently after Harry Potter.
Series Title: Contemporary classics of children's literature, 2002: 1
Responsibility: Julia Eccleshare [aut].

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