Re: [mythsoc] Fairness for Harry Potter critics?
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From: Sophie Masson <smasson@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 2:59 AM
Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Fairness for Harry Potter critics?
> A friend of mine, a teacher, writer and Christian--and great Harry Potter
> fan!!-has written a very good article explaining to parents and teachers
> differences between the occult and fantasy, and how the HP books, with
> eternal battle of good against evil, etc, can actually easily be fitted
> a Christian framework, if that's what people want..Of course, we have to
> remember that some fundamentalist literalists have accused CS Lewis of
> pagan! You can't win over everyone..
> Sophie Masson
> Author site:
Is this your site, and is this where the article is located? I'd like to
read it. ---djb.
>I read that the publisher thought that Americans wouldn't buy a book,So publishers may think, narrow-mindedly. I like to think that even
>especially for children, if it had "philosopher's" anything in the title.
>Alas! Probably too close to the truth.
Americans might find a phrase like "philosopher's stone" intriguing rather
than off-putting. I do, and certainly children are attracted to such
things, even if some adults are not. I first read about the Philosopher's
Stone in Flash comics in the 1960s, when DC were throwing all sorts of
education at its young audience without us realizing, and liked the sound
of the words as much as the concept.
Rowling's publishers, both of them I gather, of course also felt that no
boy would read a book by a female author, hence "J.K." rather than
"Joanne". It never bothered me as a young reader who wrote a book as long
as it was good, and there can be few male Harry Potter fans now who don't
know that Rowling is a woman.