Arabella Figg (Deborah Chan)

An avid, eclectic reader with an “inquiring mind,” I love ideas, debate, and language (my license plate frame reads “Synesthetes for Sesquipedals”). And I particularly enjoy looking into the psychological/emotional aspects of characterization. I’m a big Lost fan.

After reading the first three Harry Potter books in 1999 to see what the fuss was about, I was hooked. In 2002, I began reading and then participating at, where I’ve contributed guest posts; I also participate at John’s Twilight blog. At those blogs and here, I’m making inroads into the literary education I missed.

I was a professional graphic designer/artist/writer. In the last 20 years, I’ve been a community activist, serious Bible student, and worship planner/leader, and did Greek/English word transliterations for a friend teaching New Testament courses at a Kiev seminary. My husband Richard and I have lived in beautiful Spokane, WA, for 24 years. Our cat, Casey Rose, is my avatar.

I’ve been a lifelong writer (and then editor) of everything except fiction; for the last decade I’ve written commentary columns and features for our newspaper, The Spokesman-Review. In 2008 I copyedited John Granger’s book, The Deathly Hallows Lectures.

Butterbeers all around!

3 thoughts on “Arabella Figg (Deborah Chan)

  1. Dear writers:

    I just wanted to say that I find your blog very interesting as well as all the writers. As a Christian (Catholic) I never understood the denouncement of the Potter books by Christians. Many classics have mention of magic or super powers, why do you suppose they picked on Harry Potter?

    Kind regards, J R

  2. Hi Jennifer. Thank you very much, and I’m glad you’re enjoying this blog.

    Some of the classics do have Christian critics. But there are several reasons why Harry Potter was picked on, and here are three surface ones.

    The books were extremely popular, selling millions, giving them high visibility. Rowling used the terms “witch,” “wizard,” and “spell,” and the title of the American edition of the first book contained the word “sorcerer.” Christian believers who hadn’t read the books, or who misunderstood metaphor, mythic storytelling, and traditional Christian symbolism, jumped to the erroneous conclusion that the books endorsed witchcraft. These misconceptions quickly spread in an unprecedented way due to the rise of the Internet.

    For more in-depth answers to your question, though, I invite you to click Categories on the right hand side of the main page and read entries under Defense Against Harry Haters, and Magic in Literature.

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