A Wizard of Their Age

A Wizard of Their Age

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A collection of student essays that captures the passionate engagement their generation brings to the Harry Potter phenomenon. A Wizard of Their Age began when the students in Cecilia Konchar Farra€™s a€œSix Degrees of Harry Pottera€ course at St. Catherine University kept finding errors in the available scholarship. These students had been reading Harry Potter for their entire literate lives, and they demanded more attention to the details they found significant. a€œWe can do better than this, a€ they said. Konchar Farr, two undergraduate teaching assistants, and five student editors decided to test that hypothesis. After issuing a call for contributions, they selected fifteen thoughtful academic essays by students from across the country. These essays examine the Harry Potter books from a variety of perspectives, including literary, historical, cultural, gender, mythological, psychological, theological, and genetica€”there is even a nursing care plan for Tom Riddle. Interspersed among the essays are brief vignettes entitled a€œMy Harry Potter Story, a€ where students write about their personal encounters with the novels. Although a quick Internet search yields a dazzling number of books about Harry Potter, few are as deeply invested or insightful as A Wizard of Their Age. Written and edited bya€”and fora€”members of the Harry Potter generation, these essays demonstrate this generationa€™s passionate engagement with the Harry Potter phenomenon and provide numerous critical insights into the individual novels and the series as a whole.What I mean to say is this: Dumbledore, in the service of his endgame, uses lies, manipulation, and blind loyalty to coerce Harry Potter into a role he doesna#39;t choose: saving the future of the wizarding world and destroying Lord Voldemort.

Title:A Wizard of Their Age
Author:Cecilia Konchar Farr
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-01-01


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