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Harry Potter Carnival #12

Written By: Dana Huff - Apr• 10•06

Welcome to the twelfth Harry Potter Carnival!

J.K. Rowling

The biggest news this week is Jo’s “rant” about the obsession with thinness in our culture. Grrlscientist at Living the Scientific Life submits her take on Jo’s thoughts.

Fan Art

This week’s featured artist is Amanda Grazini of Potter Shoes. Her art has a whimsical quality that evokes Disney. A sample from my favorite scene in the series:

Hagrid and Harry

Theories and Speculation

Neville really came into himself in OotP and readers were treated to an understanding of why he was chosen for Gryffindor. What exactly is his importance? Douglas Moran discusses his theories in “The Importance of Neville Longbottom.”

Hermione’s Library

A pile of critical rubbish has been composting around J. K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books ever since they were discovered by young (and not-so-young) readers and became phenomenal best sellers. The charges, briefly, as these. (1) The books celebrate witchcraft, paganism and the occult. (2) They harbor an anti-family bias. (3) They have unwholesomely violent content. (4) They are sexist. (5) They contribute to the cultural homogenization of children. And finally, (6) they are literary light-weights of pop culture, seducing readers away from much better classics.

And how does Steven S. Tigner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toledo and a scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at the Boston University School of Education, answer such charges? Check out his essay, “Harry Potter and the Good Life.”

Random Fandom

This week the fandom was all abuzz over the W.O.M.B.A.T. Did you get a chance to take it? What were your results? I am happy to gloat about my “Outstanding.”

My Wombat Certificate

Just For Fun

Okay, I freely admit my brain doesn’t function normally, but how many Harry Potter fans are thinking what I am thinking? Will there be a Gospel of Snape?

Check out Eric Olsen’s thoughts in “Harry Potter and the Gospel of Judas” at

To submit Potterica for next week’s carnival, use my carnival submission form. Please note the category for which it should be considered. Deadline is 10:00 P.M. each Friday.

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