At 10:19 AM 7/29/2005 -0400, B.I. Davis wrote:
> 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
No, there's a difference, which is that these comparisons are absurdly
reductionist for Tolkien, but not for the first Rowling book, which
accurately fits that description. (Yes, it has a moral element, but so do
most school stories.) It's not a criticism of the book to say this:
dumping magic unexpectedly into an otherwise ordinary situation has
produced some of the best light fantasies, and the first HP book fully
>> 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 ...
The point is that the books are so repetitious that I quickly ceased being
able to remember the tiny differences among each.
>Book 2 still have some "bounce" in it. But she couldn't really bounce Harry
>along for all seven books, could she?
No, she couldn't. Which is why she should have stopped.