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Transcript of Harry Potter
its Popularity and Success
The Half Blood Prince
The final volume of Harry Potter became the fastest-selling book in history, more than 11 million copies sold during the first 24 hours
"So the Daily Prophet exists to tell people what they want to hear, does it?" said Hermione scathingly. Rita sat up straight again, her eyebrows raised, and drained her glass of Firewhiskey. "The Prophet exists to sell itself, you silly girl," she said coldly” (501)
Prejudice & Blood-typing
"I define popular fiction simply as fiction
that is read by large numbers of people"
Rowling has resisted the creation of ebook editions, she retains digital rights to the Potter series
Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows: Part 2 sold $476 million tickets around the world in its opening weekend
Rowling is now one of the richest women in Britain
The Triwizard Tournament
Coming of Age
450 million copies sold worldwide
As McCracken concludes:
“The text, the popular narrative itself, is produced in the world and becomes a part of the world. But a fictional narrative is more than just a part of the world; it is also a reflection upon it […] The reader is also a product of that world, but, at the same time, she or he is an agent in it, changing it through her or his actions. Despite the fact that it is often thought of as a passive and purely recreational activity, reading popular texts is part of this process of change. Popular fiction can supply us with the narratives we need to resituate ourselves in relation to the world” (McCracken 94)
translated into 70 languages
Social Issues: Favouritism and Isolation
-Harry is considered second citizen to Dudley
and always gets blamed for everything
-- children can compare to this for those who'
feel that they are blamed more frequently than
their siblings, giving them and Harry similar
- when children get punished at home and feel
it is unjust they can compare to Harry because he
rarely does anything wrong, yet gets blamed for it
-- can feel their lives are comparable to Harry
- These children with feeling the least favourite
in their families can compare with Harry's life and maybe
it is not as bad as they thought, reassuring their personal situations at home
- Children who find their personal life at home difficult,
can use Harry's experience of the Weasley's coming to rescue
him as hope that their friends can help them disappear from their problems in life
Dementors Symbolizing Depression
- Dementors: darkest creatures, guards of Askaban
- They feed off of positive and happy thoughts
- Dementors symbolize depression because they suck the hope out of a person
- Patronus spell is thinking of the happiest memory
- During the Patronus spell causes the dementors to become overwhelmed and struck away
- The spell symbolizes the cure to depression
- Dementor takes down its hood, sucks the final soul out of a person
- Described as worse than death
J.K. Rowling, "Like depression, the dementors do not only make you feel sadness, they make you feel no emotion at all, expecially hope."
The Chamber of Secrets
"While Dudley lolled around watching
and eating ice cream, Harry mowed the lawn,
cleaned the windows, washed the car, trim the flower beds, pruned and watered the roses, repainted the
garden bench "(Rowling 13)
-Petunia gave him work to do , he couldn't eat until he finished (13)
They only let him out to use the bathroom morning and evening otherwise he was locked in his room (22)
-Vernon asks Harry to recite (multiple times) what Harry is supposed to do that evening : "I'll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I'm not there" (21)
- " Harry, whose insides were aching with hunger, jumped off his bed and seized it. The soup was stone cold, but he drank all of it in one gulp" (22)
---* they put bars on his windows and the cat flap for him to have small amounts of food pushed in 3 times a day
The Patronus Charm
The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Order of the Phoenix
The Deathly Hallows
Rumors and Gossip
competition on and off
Loving the Dead
Rita Skeeter’s biography of Dumbledore pops up throughout the book, beginning with its advance press alongside Dumbledore’s obituary in Chapter Two. Rita Skeeter is ruthlessly exploitative in getting her story, and she distorts the truth. Along with Skeeter, Aunt Muriel is a gossip queen as well. Bathilda Bagshot, the original source for all the Dumbledore gossip. Through the gossip and rumors it is hard for the characters to remember the truth and they find themselves trapped inside them. Harry has seen with his own eyes that Skeeter writes stories whether they are true or not for publicity, yet her lies about Dumbledore makes Harry second guess his relationship with Dumbledor. Rumours and the gossip in the text make it hard for the Harry, Ron and Hermoine to remember the task Dumbledor has asked of them.
Harry spends the entire book struggling to complete a quest that Dumbledore left him with before he died. Which is for Harry to kill Voldemort; by destroying the Horcux's. Voldemort attached his soul to 7 items and then hid them the night he killed Harry's parents. Harry learns that he is one of them. Harry consistently does his best to do what Dumbledore has asked of him, but the hardest thing about the quest is not its danger or mystery, it’s the doubts Harry feels about whether Dumbledore really loved him. Harry struggles with the lack of direction Dumbledor provided him before he died and Harry struggles with the idea that if Dumbledor truly loved him he would have given him the direction he needs to complete the task.
Loving the Dead, it is difficult to love someone who has died and hard to remember what it was like when they were alive. Dumbledor left a task for Throughout the series Harry struggles with the death of his parents and god-father, and is constantly questioning the love they shared for him.
& The Slug Club
Mirroring "Deathly Hallows"
to Jewish registration in
" ''If you're wondering what the smell is, Mother, a Mudblood just walked in,' said Draco Malfoy."
The Goblet of Fire sets up relationships for the rest of the series...
all because of Ron Weasley
"I felt weird, like I'd never be cheerful again..."
- Ron, about the dementor
"Oh no... Much worse than that. You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you'll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no ... anything. There's no chance at all of recovery. You'll just -- exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever ... lost."
-Remus Lupin, on the dementors kiss
Rumors, Gossip, Loving the Dead & Perseverance
The real action of the text comes in the final chapters, until then it is a long, drawn out haul for Ron, Hermonie and Harry. However, they're not the only ones who've got to stay focused in the name of a long-term goal. Basically, all of the intertwining stories that emerge here are about keeping the faith and staying true to a mission, whether it's Snape's undying determination to stay true to Lily's memory, or Dumbledore's eternal quest for the Deathly Hallows. Perseverance is key for all characters.