Jung & the Number Four in Harry Potter

The thesis of this essay is that a Jungian reading of certain aspects of Harry Potter could prove to be illuminating in regard to Rowling’s overall project. Continue reading “Jung & the Number Four in Harry Potter”

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“Mars is Bright Tonight”: Centaur Prophesy in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

When we first meet Rowling’s centaurs in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, they seem to be a strange breed of magical creature: aloof and forlorn, as if living in a different reality. Continue reading ““Mars is Bright Tonight”: Centaur Prophesy in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter”

Dreams and Prophecies in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter is a rich and diverse universe overlaid with our own, where witches and wizards conduct their lives and business just out of sight of the non-wizarding world, trying as best they can not to mix the two worlds. Continue reading “Dreams and Prophecies in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter”

Embracing Destruction for the Love of a Wayward Son: Narcissa Malfoy’s Subversive Victory

In the world of Harry Potter, Lilly Potter reigns as a kind of patron saint to the powerful magic of love. Continue reading “Embracing Destruction for the Love of a Wayward Son: Narcissa Malfoy’s Subversive Victory”

Powers the Dark Lord Knows Not: Literary Descent in Harry Potter

In his book on the seven basic plots found in stories, Booker describes one of the basic plots as the quest narrative. Continue reading “Powers the Dark Lord Knows Not: Literary Descent in Harry Potter”