David Bratman writes:
> It was amusing enough for one book, the theme of which was the astonishment
> value of going to what's otherwise a perfectly ordinary English Public
> School except that it has magic.
An Angela Brazil story with wands? Superficially it is a school with
magic stuck on. But then, one could say, the Shire is really just
an English suburb with short people in it, Bilbo's adventure is a map with
a dragon in it, and the Elves of Gondolin are Crusaders with much cooler
I think that Rowling has the gift of creating very memorable images,
and for children Hogwarts is a very real place.
> turning on careful Talmudic distinctions between what Voldemort did
> two years ago and what he did five years ago, so if the reader doesn't
> remember the difference between what happened in _Harry Potter and the
> Goblet of Secrets_ and what happened in _Harry Potter and the Fire of
> Ashbacan_, Rowling will be sure to remind you;
Is there an ox-goring I missed somewhere here? Though I take your point ...
There is an element of repetitiveness in her plots, but I like to think
of Hogwarts as a kind of kiddie Valhalla: slay the monster, have a big
feast, slay the monster again. Personally, I enjoy this kind of thing.
> Was it really as bright, fresh, and bouncy as I remember?
Book 2 still have some "bounce" in it. But she couldn't really bounce Harry
along for all seven books, could she? I like what she does wth the last
four books, particularly #3.