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MuggleNet Academia Lesson 51: “Harry Potter and the Indian in the Cupboard”

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

In response to objections of Native American critics to Rowling’s failings there have been dismissals from some parts of Harry Potter fandom of these criticisms as “politically correct” and that “it’s just a story.” But Rowling has set herself up to being held to a higher standard, hasn’t she? Both in the research she did for the Hogwarts Saga and the tone and themes of those books?

  • Rowling said in trailer to Fantastic Beasts that her stories are about those “set apart, stigmatized, or othered,”
  • In a July 7, 2000 Entertainment Weekly interview, J.K. Rowling admits, “bigotry is probably the thing I detest most. All forms of intolerance, the whole idea of ‘that which is different from me is necessarily evil.’

Besides the size of her following, are these the kinds of comments and the hypocrisy of the Pottermore back stories the reasons fans are so surprised and disappointed? John Greene has said “Reading is always an act of empathy. It’s always an imagining of what it’s like to be someone else.” I suppose writing is, too. Has Rowling failed here in empathy, as well as research and understanding?

We’ve invited two authorities on literature and First Nations traditions to talk with us and share their reading of these chapters: Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Allison Mills.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:02pm EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 50: “Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizardry”

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

Science in Harry Potter? You’re kidding, right? Harry’s adventures are set in a magical world that is the antithesis of the Muggle realm’s dependence on science and engineering; magic by definition is the suspension of the laws of nature, and, as science is the exploration of those laws, the worlds should not meet, even in the potions laboratory of Professor Snape. Except in one field, namely, genetics. Witches and wizards, pure-blood, half-bloods, mudbloods, and even squibs are all subject to and products of the vagaries of chromosomes and genetic coding like all the rest of us and as this is no small part of the larger meaning of the Hogwarts Saga – the prejudice of purebloods to muggleborns – getting the genetics right is an important thing.

Joining us today to talk about this is Dr. Eric Spana, an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Biology at Duke, who is an expert on the subject and Priyanka Nadar, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance chapter at Mary Baldwin University who has her Masters in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 49: “Rights, Copyrights, and Playwrights - The Legal Side of Rowling’s Magic”

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga.

In this lesson we discuss the relationships between J.K. Rowling and her literary agents and Warner Bros. to discuss Rowling's copyrights, trademarks, merchandising, and extended content such as "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Cursed Child" productions and subsequent book productions. What are some of the legal ins and outs associated with all of these projects and who leads it all? Is it Rowling herself, Blair Partnerships, or is it the Harry Potter Global Franchise Division? We discuss all of this and more with our returning guest, Heidi Tandy, lawyer extraordinaire and co-founder of HPEF and Fiction Alley. Also joining us today are student guest, Mary Wojcicki, and Haley Lewis.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

 

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 48: “Cursed Child: Praise, Criticism, and Pigeons”

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga. In this lesson, we discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in depth.

SPOILER WARNING: During this academic lesson, we will be discussing many plot points and offering literary analysis from the 'draft rehearsal script' including many spoilers. DO NOT Listen to this lesson if you have not read the script.

Not since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has the Harry Potter fandom gathered at midnight in bookstores and libraries around the world for a new story from Rowling’s beloved Wizarding World. The ‘draft rehearsal script’ of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was published at the witching hour on Harry and Jo’s birthday, 31 July, and Potter Pundits around the world have been reading and re-reading in a hurry to let us know what they think of it. MuggleNet Academia has invited the faculty of HogwartsProfessor.com, our friends Professors Elizabeth Baird-Hardy, Louise Freeman, and Emily Strand with my co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor himself, to join us and get the conversation going.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

 

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:32am EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 47:

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we have asked C. S. Plocher, professional editor who blogs at WriteLikeRowling.com, and Christine Frazier of the BetterNovelProject.com webBlog to join us in opening a new subject, namely, knowing what we do about Harry Potter as a literary artifact. Can we reproduce its success at least in part by imitating how J.K. Rowling tells her seven part epic? Have other authors already done this? Where did Rowling find her tools or are they unique to her?

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 46:

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we take a strong look at the upcoming releases within the Wizarding World itself: The Cursed Child play and its associated script in book form; Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film and its associated screenplay in book form; the theme park openings; along with the constant backstory from JKR's Pottermore website. Is this all for the betterment of the fans? Or is there a hidden shadow in the form of fan exploitation in the works? Returning to the show to talk with us about the new movies and related controversies are screenplay writer extraordinaire and first tier Potter Pundit, Janet Batchler, and MuggleNet staffer and recent graduate of Broadcasting, Amy Hogan.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Direct download: Lesson46.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 45:

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, a critical insight to the widely popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. On the surface the stories could not be more different: one is contemporary School Boy Gothic with a rich undercurrent of humor and satire, the other is dystopian fiction and almost unfailingly grim. But they deliver an experience that made Katniss’ trials in her Games arenas seem like a continuation or an expansion of Harry’s battles with the Dark Lord. Tonight, we have invited three noted Potter Pundits -- the editor of the just published Critical Insights volume on The Hunger Games, Lana Whited, and two contributors to this volume, Dr Amy H Sturgis and Elizabeth Baird-Hardy -- to talk about Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and what we learn about each series in appreciating the other.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Direct download: Lesson45.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 44: “Is there such a thing as Harry Potter Canon anymore?”

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss Wizarding World tsunami of new material and other work from Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and whether or not we should consider these storylines as part of the Potter canon. Cursed Child, a play that Rowling has had a hand in bringing to the stage will debut this summer and be published as a play simultaneously. Fantastic Beasts, the first of a series of films written by Rowling, rolls out this fall, and the continuous outpouring of information and backstory from Pottermore.

Joining hosts Keith Hawk and John Granger is Professor John Mark Reynolds from The St. Constantine School in Houston, Texas and MuggleNet Staff member and co-host of Alohomora, Alison Siggard.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

 

Direct download: Lesson44.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 43: “Tris Transfigured: Allegiant meets Potter”

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the recent cinematic release of the Divergent Series: Allegiant with special emphasis on the similarities and contrasts between Veronica Roth's written material and Lionsgate's cinematic journey. We also dive into the thematic similarities found within the Divergent and Potter series with psychological aspects from the different sorting structures. Our special guest on this lesson is our good friend Professor Louise Freeman of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and our student guest is Hanako Ricks, who is a mega fan of both series as well as a podcast co-host for the Sci-Fi Party Line.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 42:

MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the Pottermore Sorting Quiz by J.K. Rowling and what the resultant house assignment really tells about you and your personality. What does this sorting say to you about your relationship with the Harry Potter saga. Are you an extraverted Gryffindor; an agreeable Hufflepuff; a clever Ravenclaw; or a manipulative Slytherin? How does the 'Dark Triad Dirty Dozen' (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psycopathy) tell us about your sorting? Does the study work for other fandoms such as Divergent Factions, Hunger Games Districts. And so much more.

Also joining the show is a Junior Psychology student from Mary Baldwin College, Sharanya Rao, who is an International student from India.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Direct download: Lesson42.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 8:20am EDT