MuggleNet Academia

Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show we are joined by Carrie-Ann Biondi, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Maymount Manhattan College in New York City. Also joining the show are two of Professor Biondi's students, Ariel Kline and Ashley Feith. In this lesson we discuss particular subjects -- love, death, friendship, punishment, lying, torture, justice, fate versus free will, the meaning of life -- through a philosophical lens, which demonstrates how philosophical tools can help us to appreciate our experience of the Hogwarts Saga more profoundly and intimately. Get your geek on for this wild ride into 'Harry Potter and Philosophy!'

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show we are joined by the esteemed Travis Prinzi, author of 'Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds' and editor of two essays - 'Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, Volume 1' and 'Harry Potter for Nerds'. Also joining the show is our student guest who graduated from the University of Toronto, Natalie Cooper. We discuss a variety of topics on this lesson including: Where will the Harry Potter world of Academia be in the future, Ring Compositions, comparative discussions between Rowling's Hogwarts Saga and the Tolkien and Dickens works, and how our lives have been affected by the story of the Boy Who Lived. So sit down in the Hogs Head and grab a Butterbeer or Fire Whiskey, as you do not want to miss this conversation.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, Daniel Nexon, and recent graduate of her Master's Degree from Queen's University in Canada, Kara Szames, join us as we discuss the topic of Political Science and the role of the Government in the 'Harry Potter' series. Are there any analogies between World War II and the Hogwarts Saga? What influence, if any, did the war on Islamist Terror have in Rowling's writing? What political beliefs of Rowling do we see in both 'Harry Potter' and 'The Casual Vacancy'? All of this and so much more. So sit back and tune in your Wizarding Wireless Network for a fascinating discussion about 'Political Science in the Harry Potter Series'

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the psychology of various Harry Potter characters.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Professor of History Katy McDaniel from Marietta University and student guest Abigail Robertson from Bowling Green State University join us as we discuss the topic of Elfin Mystique. Are the House-elves representative of House-wives? Or are they more representative of the American Slavery from pre-civil war? Is Dobby seen as a Christian hero and Extentialist? J.K. Rowling's writing of the House-elves dissects issues of today's modernistic world, and we want to set the record straight. Your in for a treat as we dive deep into the Elfin Mystique of Harry Potter.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the psychology of various Harry Potter characters.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Professor of Psychology Louis Freeman of Mary Baldwin College and student guest and Psychology major Cassandra Dinius of Southern Illinois University Carbondale share their thoughts on the psychological profile of many of our favorite characters. Does Winky suffer from depression? Is Voldemort a Sociopath or a psychopath? What about the issues surrounding Mad-eye Moody and Hermione or the Black Family including a favorite character, Bellatrix? Hop on the couch as a psychological analysis gets under way.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we share a controversial examination into what exactly constitutes the canon of Harry Potter with Professor John Mark Reynolds.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show John Mark Reynolds from Houston Baptist University and author of 'Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra' and student guest Alicia Costello from Dickinson, Texas share their viewpoints surrounding the canon of Harry Potter. Is it the seven book series and nothing else? Should the eight movies be considered canon? What about the Trading Cards, Daily Prophelts, Schoolbooks, and Tales of Beedle the Bard that were all created by the author herself? You will enjoy this spitrited show and discussion.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we discuss the comparisons between J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series to J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series as Fairly Stories.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet and Co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, discuss a variety of topics relating to the 'Harry Potter' series with a Special Guest Speaker and a Student Guest Speaker during each lesson. In this lesson, we are joined by Dr. Amy Sturgis from Lenoir-Rhyne University and the innovative Mythgard Institute and student guest Amy Staniszewski from the University of Birmingham in the UK. We dive into the legendary fantasy genre of Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series to determine what, if any, influence it had in the writings of Rowling in the 'Harry Potter' series. We discuss the four gifts of the Fairy Story - Fantasy, Recovery, Escape, and Consolation - to determine if these gifts fit in with the Hogwarts Saga. Did Rowling have a larger influence from Tolkien than she claims? You fill find out our thoughts on this show.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

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MuggleNet Academia - Lesson 8: 'Second Sight - Editing the Harry Potter books with Cheryl Klein'

Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we discuss what was it like to actually edit the 'Harry Potter' books and the keys to success in the publishing industry of today's market.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet and Co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, discuss a variety of topics relating to the 'Harry Potter' series with a Special Guest Speaker and a Student Guest Speaker during each lesson. In this lesson, we are joined with Cheryl Klein, who was the continuity editor of the 'Harry Potter' books for Scholastic under Arthur Levine. Cheryl was instrumental in the publishing process for the final three Harry Potter books as well as the schoolbooks. Also joining us on the show is our student guest, Kimmy Saylor, who is a recent graduate from Millersville University and current employee at Random House publishing.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we discuss Folktale Structure as the Key to the Success of the Harry Potter Series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet and Co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, discuss a variety of topics relating to the Harry Potter series with a Special Guest Speaker and a Student Guest Speaker during each lesson. In this lesson, we are joined with Arizona State University Professor Joel Hunter and his research student Rita McGlynn to find out if the theories in Folktales and Fairy Tales might be the ultimate reason for the success of Harry Potter. 

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:20pm EST