Today is apparently the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and J.K. Rowling tweeted she had a moment of silence and that she hated killing some of those people. Entertainment Weekly had a brief story on this too.
Now, of course, in our Muggle time frame, it hasn’t been 16 years since the battle of Hogwarts but only 7. Still, either way a lot of time has passed under the bridge. Does anyone still have any strong feelings about any of the deaths in the Battle of Hogwarts or for that matter in the entire series?
I suspect some may. The author of the aforementioned piece in Entertainment Weekly concludes her article thusly: If you need me, I’ll be having a moment of silence over my keyboard for Sirius Black, every day for the rest of my life — because, for some of us, that was the most painful Harry Potter death of all.
I know some people who would whole-heartedly concur with that sentiment. What about you? What was the most painful Potter death for you?
Last Wednesday, of course, was Harry Potter’s thirty third birthday. Ah, kids grow up so fast nowadays. 🙂 Anyway, Happy Belated Birthday, Harry!! Very glad that all is still well with you.
It was also Joanne Rowling’s birthday, too, as strangely enough she and Harry share the date, July 31st. Hmmm, she’s only one year older than me. Anyway, John Granger has a post on the birthdays over at Hogwarts Professor. He has three thoughts on it, which I sum up here. 1) Have you ever had or attended a birthday party for Harry and/or Rowling; 2) What would you write to Rowling in a birthday card; and 3) If it was your birthday and Rowling said she’d answer one question as a gift for you, what would that question be. Check out Granger’s post and also feel free to share your answers here.
This is a project I did for a graduate class. It includes a brief theoretical framework, some brief reflections on how Harry Potter relates to that theory, and then, for the sake of any educators who read this site, I’ve attached, as a downloadable document, this content plus eight lesson plans I constructed. I hope it’s helpful, and I assume that the theoretical framework will inspire some debate. Continue reading
I give a presentation at the College English Association in a couple of weeks discussing storytelling in relationship to videogames. In all my reading for this, one book I’m focusing on is by Marie-Laure Ryan, titled Narrative as Virtual Reality. In one part of her book, she begins discussing how immersive a book can be, writing about certain authors’ abilities to conjure vivid details. Yet, the hook for readers isn’t always an ability to reconstruct the precise mental image the book is describing, but our ability to assimilate the information and attach it to something more vivid from our past experiences. She calls the end result “spatial immersion”:
Spatial immersion is the result of a “madeleine effect” that depends more on the coincidental resonance of a text with the reader’s personal memories than on generalizable textual properties. Just as the taste and smell of a piece of madeleine dipped into a cup of tea took Marcel Proust back to the village of his childhood, a single word, a name, or an image is often all the reader needs to be transported into a cherished landscape — or into an initially hated one that grew close to the heart with the passing of time. […] In the most complete forms of spatial immersion, the reader’s private landscapes blend with the textual geography. (121-22)