The Pensieve

An Academic Guide to Harry Potter

Welcome Back

Written By: Dana Huff - Jul• 31•11

Harry's ScarHappy birthday to the Boy Who Lived and his creator J. K. Rowling!

In commemoration of their birthdays, I am blowing the dust off this old blog and resurrecting anew with a new purpose.

I am an English teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. I have been a Harry Potter fan since 2001, when I read the first four books in quick succession. One of the things I have always liked about the series is the fact that the books can be enjoyed on a surface level as great stories with quick-moving plots and admirable characters, but they can also be enjoyed on a deeper, more analytical and philosophical level.

What I plan to do with this blog is share some insights into the series, particularly now that all the books have been published, the movies have been released, and I just clicked the verification email link in my Pottermore registration email. I have struggled with what to do with this site, and I have wondered what on earth I could contribute to a fandom that is already so rich and full of content that is not only more regularly updated by a cadre of fans who have personal relationship with J. K. Rowling, but is also creative and and different enough from what’s already out there. The answer is I can’t. But I love Harry Potter, and I want to share anyway.

I am re-enabling comments on this blog, but only on posts less than a year old. My first series of posts will concern how Harry Potter’s story arc follows Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Comment

  1. Aerin
    Twitter:
    says:

    *sigh* jealous about Pottermore. I missed early Beta sign-ups and now I have to wait possibly forEVER to join.

    I’m headed into teaching, and looking forward to using your blog for inspiration.