In a relatively short time the latest and final edition of the Harry Potter series is going to be released. As a fan of the series I am quite excited about it. It will be fun to learn how J.K. Rowling ties up the various loose ends that currently exist.
Alongside the book are going to be a ton of analysis pieces in which amateur and professional pundits are going to deconstruct the book in an attempt to show the symbology of the book. There are many examples of this already. If you surf around the net you can find essays/blogs in which the authors claim that the whole store is an allegory for their particular faith.
This is a different sort of analysis than the posts that speculate about whether Dumbledore is truly dead, whether Snape is good or bad etc. I find those types of posts to be kind of fun, but the others just annoy me. I don’t want to waste time discussing whether Snape is equivalent to Judas or Harry’s use of a wand is reminiscent of the great flood blah, blah, blah.
Sometimes a story is just a story and nothing more is intended than what you see on the surface.
I thought that this might be of interest to some bloggers. You know who you are.
On a side note here are a couple of comments. I am fan of Harry Potter. I very much enjoy the books and will be sad to see the series come to an end. One of the ways that you can measure the success of the series is by looking to see what groups lay a claim to Harry. A couple of examples that jump to mind.
I have seen essays that promote the idea that Harry is Jewish and essays that promote the idea that he is Christian. I think that it’d be kind of fun to poke at both groups by producing evidence that Harry is a member of some sort of pagan religion. Imagine the looks some people might give if they found Harry worshiping a plant or goat.
Anyway, I am looking forward to reading Deathly Hallows when it comes out.