Keep checking back here. This will be a sort of “main page” for Travis’s book, Harry Potter & Imagination, where we’ll be hosting chapter by chapter discussions.
Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds
by Travis Prinzi
Zossima Press, 2008
“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 readers between two worlds – the magical world on the page 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.
Praise for Harry Potter & Imagination
“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.”
“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.”