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Here’s an update on the episodes of The Secrets of Harry Potter podcast that you may have missed.

SHP079 Astronomy in Harry Potter http://harrypotter.sqpn.com/2012/05/04/shp079-astronomy-in-harry-potter/

In this episode, recorded live during the 2012 SQPN podcast marathon, the team of The Secrets of Harry Potter discussed the connection between the Black Family tree and astronomy. We also discussed the star-gazing centaur prophets both in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Some links discussed during the show:

  • The Harry Potter Lexicon by Steve Vander Ark
  • J.K. Rowling announced her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will be released worldwide on 27 September 2012. Click here to read more about it.
  • Pottermore is now open. All of us are on Pottermore, and if you want to add us, please click here to know our Pottermore usernames. Also, please let us know what you think of your Pottermore experience!
  • For fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, check out the upcoming movie, The Lion Awakes. You can also follow them on Twitter: @thelionawakes
  • We’re being promoted on a Tumblr blog, Harry Potter Celebration. We were featured the first week in April. Find them on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.

SHP078 An Interview with John Granger http://harrypotter.sqpn.com/2012/02/08/shp078-an-interview-with-john-granger/

Ari, Jim, Lyn, and I interviewed the “Hogwarts Professor” John Granger in this episode. We discussed Christian symbolism in Harry Potter, how John became a Harry Potter fan, the Christian culture war over Harry Potter, alchemical symbolism in the Harry Potter series, the ring structure of the Harry Potter series, alchemical symbolism in the works of C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare, the structure and symbolism of Harry Potter as compared to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the “eye” symbols in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the cyclical nature of the Harry Potter series compared to the cyclical nature of the Church Year, the four layers of literary meaning, and much more. (We also discuss Twilight and The Hunger Games.) This is one of my favorite episodes of The Secrets of Harry Potter. Don’t miss it!

SHP077 Numbers in the Harry Potter World http://harrypotter.sqpn.com/2011/12/21/shp077-numbers-in-the-harry-potter-world/

In this episode, Jim, Bob, Lyn, Ari, and I discussed number symbolism in the Harry Potter universe. We compared the symbolism of the numbers 3, 7, and 12 in the Bible, Catholic Tradition, and in the Harry Potter series.

SHP076 Is Harry Potter a Christ/Messianic Figure? http://harrypotter.sqpn.com/2011/11/12/shp076-is-harry-potter-a-christmessianic-figure/

This is a controversial topic In Harry Potter scholarship. Listen to our debate/discussion and let us know what you think. Is Harry Potter a Christ Figure?

Many of the arguments that I presented in this episode can be found in my book The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter which can be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lord-Hallows-Christian-Symbolism/dp/1432741128.

Please leave feedback on each episode that you listen to in the comments section of the SHP blog. (The links for each episode are in this blog post.) We may read your feedback on an upcoming episode of our show.

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http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Harry_Potter_unofficial_guidebooks

How many of these books have you read? I have read most (but not all) of them and have met several of the authors, including John Granger, Travis Prinzi, Connie Neal, Logospilgrim, Eryn Pyne, Ed Kern, James W. Thomas, George Beahm, Steve Vander Ark, and Melissa Anelli. Oh, yeah. I wrote one of the books on the list also. 😉

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Books based on the sucess of the actual series, franchise, and fandom.

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Miscellaneous books that don’t fall into other categories.

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I’ve blogged about Christian imagery in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films here:

https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/christian-imagery-in-deathly-hallows-film-photos-of-godrics-hollow-churchyard/

 and here: https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/harry-potter-film-wizardry-christian-imagery-in-deathly-hallows-rhr-moments-more/ 

This post is about the Christian imagery in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. A cross can be clearly seen in this screencap, taken from the scene in which Harry and Dumbledore are apparating away from Horace Slughorn’s village.

Then there is the scene at the end of the film in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione are having a conversation at the top of the Astronomy Tower in the aftermath of Dumbledore’s death.

Look on top of the castle turret on the right side of this screencap. The decoration at the top of the turret appears cross-shaped from this distance, although a closer inspection may reveal that it is not a cross, it certainly looks like one. What are Harry and Hermione looking at in this scene?

They are watching Fawkes the Phoenix soar joyfully into the blue, of course. The phoenix is a symbol of the Resurrection whose origins I explained in my book, The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

      The mythology of classical antiquity described the phoenix as a majestic bird which flew to foreign lands to gather fragrant herbs and spices to heap upon an altar, set fire to them, and then burn itself to ashes, only to rise from the pyre after three days time. The early Fathers of the Church logically saw this myth as a typological symbol of the death of Christ, who rose from the tomb on the third day.

          The phoenix was adapted by the early Christians as a symbol of the Resurrection as early as the first century A.D. Drawings of the creature appear amongst the Christian murals and “graffiti” that identify the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs beneath the city of Rome. St.Clement of Rome, who was pope at the end of the first century, wrote of the legend of the phoenix in his First Letter to the Corinthians. He used the story of how the bird died and rose again as a new phoenix to explain the Resurrection of the Christian faithful which will occur at the end of time. –quote from pages 37-38

The symbolism of the phoenix has been important throughout the series. Harry met Fawkes, Dumbledore’s pet phoenix, in the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Fawkes saved Harry’s life by crying healing tears to heal a mortal wound Harry received from the deadly basilisk. The tears of a phoenix are the only known cure for the basilisk’s poisonous venom. Fawkes’s song gave Harry renewed strength and courage in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when the young hero had to face Voldemort in the flesh during the wizard’s duel in the churchyard. Dumbledore’s patronus is a phoenix, and the name of the Anti-Voldemort league that Dumbledore established is called “The Order of the Phoenix.” All of the good adult wizards that Harry admires—Dumbledore, McGonagall, Hagrid, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley—are members of the new Order of the Phoenix. Harry’s deceased parents, James and Lily, along with Ron’s deceased uncles, Gideon and Fabian Prewett, and Neville’s parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom, were all members of the original Order of the Phoenix during the First Voldemort War. We even witness Fawkes the Phoenix saving Dumbledore’s life when Voldemort tries to use Avada Kedavra, the Death Curse, to defeat him: “Fawkes swooped down in front of Dumbledore, opened his beak wide, and swallowed the jet of green light whole.” (OP 815) Only the phoenix, like Christ, could take the curse of death upon himself and rise again in glory, unharmed. From the earliest days of Christianity, the phoenix was a symbol of the believer’s hope of Resurrection at the end of the world. Its ascension into the heavens, like that of the eagle, symbolized the soul’s desire for union with God. At the funeral which concludes the sixth book, Harry saw smoke rising from the white flames around Dumbledore’s body, and “Harry thought, for one heart-stopping moment, that he saw a phoenix fly joyfully into the blue.” (HBP 645)–quote from pages 40-41.

Here’s another screencap from the sixth Harry Potter film.

The tapestry behind Ginny is based on a very famous work of art, “The Unicorn in Captivity.”

It is the seventh in a series of tapestries entitled The Hunt of the Unicorn as an Allegory of the Passion. The unicorn is captured, killed, and resurrected in the series of tapestries, and is thus a Christ symbol. In The Lord of the Hallows, I wrote:

Another set of famous unicorn tapestries, currently housed in the Cloisters, the Medieval exhibit of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a set entitled The Hunt of the Unicorn as an Allegory of the Passion. These tapestries, woven in 1495-1505 in the Netherlands, depict the betrayal and passion of Jesus Christ as a unicorn hunt. Although the unicorn is killed in the sixth of the seven tapestries, he appears alive and well in the seventh tapestry. Here, the unicorn is a collared beast in a small enclosure, surrounded by a field of colorful flowers. “The Unicorn in Captivity” is symbolic of the resurrected Christ. A unicorn tapestry copied from this famous work of art appears in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), and can be seen clearly behind Ginny Weasley when she takes Harry by the hand in front of the Room of Requirement. –quote from pages 29-30.

If you would like to read more about what I have written about the phoenix and unicorn, as well as the symbolism of the lion, serpent, stag, griffin, eagle, and the weasel, please consider ordering a copy of my book from www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows. Other topics covered in the book include the influence of Inklings C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien on Rowling’s writing, Harry Potter’s Christian themes (such as free will, the immortality of the soul, and the power of self-sacrificial love), Horcruxes and Hallows, the Arthurian legends of the Grail Hallows, a belief in God in Harry’s world, the Biblical quotations in Godric’s Hollow, Aslan, Frodo, and Harry Potter as Christ figures, and much more!

The book is also available from http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hallows-Christian-Symbolism-Rowlings/dp/1432741128 I noticed that Luke Bell’s Baptizing Harry Potter and Travis Prinzi’s Hog’s Head Conversations are listed as books that people also buy when purchasing my book. I’ve read both of those volumes, and I would definitely recommend them to all of the Harry Potter fans who follow this blog. Both books are excellent! 🙂

You might want to read these posts if you haven’t done so already:

Harry Potter and C. S. Lewis’s Silver Chair: https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/exciting-narnia-news-and-the-deeper-meaning-of-the-silver-chair-and-harry-potter/

The Deeper Meaning of the Quest for the Deathly Hallows (a Grail Hallows Comparison) https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/the-deeper-meaning-of-the-quest-for-the-deathly-hallows/

Weasley Is Our King! (The Weasel as a Christian Symbol) https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/weasley-is-our-king/

The Power of Love and Self-Sacrifice in Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings: https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/the-power-of-love-and-self-sacrifice-in-harry-potter-and-the-lord-of-the-rings/

An Excerpt from My Mythcon 41 Paper on Horcruxes and Sauron’s Ring: https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/mythcon-41/

Melissa Anelli’s Unpublished Rowling Interviews (“Hallows of Hogwarts” and other possible titles for Book 7, and the Dumbledore as “God” & Grindelwald as “Lucifer” quote)  https://phoenixweasley.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/melissa-anelli-and-j-k-rowling-interview/

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Here’s my report on Infinitus 2010, the largest convention in the history of the Harry Potter fandom. It was held July 15-18 at the beautiful Royal Pacific Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. This report is an account of my personal experience there and is by no means all-encompassing. There were about nine academic programming tracks happening simultaneously, and it would therefore be impossible for me to experience all that this convention had to offer without a time-turner! 😉

Thursday, July 15, 2010

1:30 p.m. I attended the Welcoming Feast, where it was announced that 1,700 fans had gone through registration thus far, and that number would probably increase by tomorrow.

3:00 p.m. After browsing the Common Room, Art Gallery, and Vendor’s Room, I returned to the Common Room for the Marauder’s Meet-Up, which featured a lively discussion of the canon and fanon lives of Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, James Potter, Lily Evans, and Severus Snape. Just before the Marauder’s discussion I finally met one of my favorite bloggers in person, Hanako M. Ricks (“hmrpotter”). Please read my blogroll for links to her “Confessions of a Grown-up Fangirl” and “Hollywood News” Harry Potter blogs. Hanako is awesome!

4:00 p.m. I went to a great presentation by author Connie Neal entitled “How the Muggle Media Mishandles Harry Potter,” in which Connie gave examples of all of the Rita Skeeter-worthy articles that were published about J. K. Rowling after the Harry Potter author had a bit of a wardrobe mishap. Rather than focusing on what Rowling had to say about the Harry Potter series’ Christian imagery, the muggle media tried to create a scandal by publishing sensationalist articles about Rowling accompanied by embarassing photographs. Connie Neal is the author of What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter? (2001), The Gospel According to Harry Potter (2002/2008), and Wizards, Wardrobes, and Wookies (2007).

5:00 p.m. I enjoyed conversing with Connie Neal, Logospilgrim, and David Gras after Connie’s presentation ended. Connie autographed my program. (I have all of her Harry Potter books, but didn’t have them with me.) It was so nice to finally meet Logospilgrim in person. She is a very sweet person, and soft-spoken, as I imagined she would be. The Quiet Professor has written a few books about Orthodox Christianity and Severus Snape, which you can read about on her site at www.logospilgrim.com. Fellow presenter David Gras is also a Christian Harry Potter fan. I met him and his wife for the first time at Portus 2008, and it was really nice seeing them again.

6:00 p.m. Valerie Frankel was signing copies of her Harry Potter parody novel, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock, at the Craft Faire. (See www.HarryPotterParody.com for more about Valerie Frankel’s parody books.) She graciously offered to share her author table with me, and I was glad to accept her offer because my official book signing time was scheduled on the last day of formal programming, opposite the presentation of A Very Potter Sequel. (I knew that most of the Infinitus attendees would be viewing that. It’s incredibly popular.) Anyway, I enjoyed sitting at the Craft Faire with Valerie. The best part was when Percy Weasley himself, Chris Rankin, walked in unannounced and hung out with the fans. He even autographed my Infinitus program! 🙂 The wizard rock concert was going on during all this, so I missed most of it. However I did take a break to visit the wrock merchandise tables to buy a few CDs, including “Muggle Relations” by The Ministry of Magic, “BMiN/E” by ALL CAPS, which includes a great Ron/Hermione song (“Lumos Flies”), and the Remus Lupins dropcard EP, ALL ACCESS: The Next Great Adventure. I really like “Don’t Let the Muggles Get You Down” on that EP.

Friday, July, 16, 2010

9:00 a.m. I browsed the Vendor’s Room, Fandom Museum, and Common Room again. I usually make a daily visit to the Common Room to check the notice boards and to pick up fliers, business cards, etc. from the freebie table. I also put business cards and bookmarks on the freebie table each day to promote my book as well as that of some of my author friends who were not able to attend Infinitus, such as J. W. Braun and M. B. Weston.

10:30 a.m. I attended John Granger’s fascinating lecture “The Seven Literary Keys to Unlocking Harry Potter,” which covered such topics as literary alchemy, story setting, postmodern themes, the hero’s journey, allegorical satire, Christian symbolism, and narrative misdirection. John’s presentation was great, as always. 🙂 Visit his blog at www.hogwartsprofessor.com to read his Infinitus convention report when you have the chance.

I had lunch with my Mom at Emeril’s today. The menu offered “Sorcerer’s Starters,” “Magical Main Courses” (I had the Dragon Burger, lol!), and “Potions.” My potion of choice was sweet tea.

2:30 p.m. I attended another wonderful John Granger presentation, “The Historical Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Why Witches and Wizards Went Underground After the English Civil War.” After the presentation, I bought a copy of the Potter Pundits book Harry Potter Smart Talk, which John autographed for me.

4:30 p.m.  I went to Logospilgrim’s talk, “Severus Snape, Jedi Master,” which combined two of my geeky obsessions, Harry Potter and Star Wars. 🙂

After supper I attended one of the most ambitious fandom projects I’ve ever seen, Lena Gabrielle’s Deathly Hallows musical, The Final Battle. Lena is quite a talented composer, and if you didn’t get to see this epic musical at Infinitus, look for it on YouTube in August. The CD “Love Will Prevail: Songs from the Final Battle” is quite good, especially Lena’s duet with Christian Caldeira of Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls. On the CD, Lena sings the part of Lily and Christian sings the part of Severus Snape on “The Prince’s Tale.” It is really beautiful and sung with so much emotion. Bravo! In the staged musical there were some really awesome moments that got huge cheers from the audience, such as Neville telling off Voldemort (and killing Nagini) and all of the awesome Ron/Hermione kisses. (Yes, there were kisses, plural.) I loved Ron and Hermione’s love duet “Never Letting You Go,” especially when Harry interrupts the song with “Oi! There’s a war going on here!” That bit was hilarious. Bellatrix brought the house down with a chorus of singing and dancing dark wizards on “Death Eaters Rejoice!” It was also great fun to see the Leaky Cauldron’s Melissa Anelli as Augusta Longbottom and John Noe as John Dawlish. Their fight scene got a huge laugh from the audience. John Noe also played the part of Percy Weasley. No pressure with Chris Rankin in attendance, right John?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

10:00 a.m. I went to hear David Gras’ presentation “Harry Potter: A Symbol of the Infinite Power of Courage and Love” which included a great group discussion session. David also mentioned some of the similarities between Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins, which is a topic that is of great interest to me. I wrote quite a lot about that in my book, The Lord of the Hallows, and I appreciated David’s comparison of both Harry and Frodo’s sufferings to the story of Christ’s Passion.

11:00 a.m. Connie Neal’s “Holidays in the Harry Potter Books: the Significance of Halloween, Christmas, and Easter” was really outstanding. She gave numerous examples of Biblical allusions in all seven Harry Potter books, with emphasis on the stories of Christmas and Easter. I really loved this presentation.

1:30 p.m. I was in the audience for “The Potter Pundits Live Onstage at Infinitus” featuring Travis Prinzi, John Granger, and James W. Thomas. I had met both Travis and James at Portus two years ago, and it was great seeing them again. (I met John Granger for the first time at Azkatraz last year.) Great news! Travis Prinzi is currently editing his second Hog’s Head Conversations book, James W. Thomas is writing his second book on Harry Potter entitled Rowling Revisited, and John Granger said he’s updating Unlocking Harry Potter. The Potter Pundits were awesome, as always.

4:00 p.m. I heard most of Travis Prinzi’s excellent “Severus Snape is a Fiery Snake,” much of which I was familiar with from reading Travis’s wonderful book, Harry Potter & Imagination. I was sorry that I had to leave a few minutes before it was over to get ready for the final presentation….

5:00 p.m. This was the last hour of formal programming. “Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Symbolism and Themes in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia” was presented by Denise Roper. (That’s me!) Yeah, I had to follow Connie Neal, Logospilgrim, John Granger, David Gras, James Thomas, and Travis Prinzi. No sweat, right? 😉 The presentation actually went rather well. From the Infinitus program book: “Both J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis have been recognized as great Christian authors of fantasy literature. In this presentation, the themes of Good vs. Evil, the Immortality of the Soul, Self-Sacrificial Love, Death, Resurrection, and Making the Choice to Believe are examined in the light of both authors’ profession of the Christian faith. the influence of the Narnian books on Harry’s adventures will be discussed in detail, including the symbolism of the lion, serpent, eagle, raven, badger, unicorn, stag, phoenix, centaur, dog, werewolf, and much more.” Whew! I covered as much of that as I could in an hour. This was followed by a book signing in the vendor’s room. Travis’s last presentation as well as my lecture and book signing were scheduled opposite the musical A Very Potter Sequel, which was a huge hit at Infinitus. I was happy that Travis and I actually had an audience for our presentations in spite of the fact that we had to compete with such a huge fandom event. After supper I realized that I missed all of AVPS and would have to watch it later on YouTube. Oh well.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

7:00 a.m. I went to Mass at the Church of the Holy Family in Orlando.

9:00 a.m. I visited briefly with Travis Prinzi, and then later, Connie Neal.

9:30 a.m. I went to the “Weasley Is Our King!” meet-up that Hanako invited me to attend. It was fun to talk about Ron and all of the other Weasleys at this last event before the leaving feast.

10:30 a.m. brunch/leaving feast.

11:00 a.m. Parselmouths wrock concert. After the feast, I had time to visit with David Gras, Erin Pyne (of the wrock band House of Black & also an author of books about the Harry Potter fandom), Logospilgrim, and many others. I talked with Kristina Horner of the Parselmouths, then later Luke Conard of Ministry of Magic. I just wanted to tell Kristina and Luke how much I enjoy their band, ALL CAPS. I’m also a huge Ministry of Magic fan. I also spoke briefly with Alex Carpenter of The Remus Lupins (another wrock band that I enjoy), and he invited me to their (then) upcoming concert in New Orleans. Jason Munday of Ministry of Magic was with him; he has a solo act called Skyway Flyer, which is quite good. Since Skyway Flyer would be opening for the Remus Lupins on tour, that was a wrock concert that I knew I would want to see. I’ll write another blog post later about the wrock concerts I attended in New Orleans after Infinitus.

My Mom and I along with many other Infinitus attendees spent the afternoon at Universal’s Islands of Adventure Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, a spectacular ending to a spectacular event. Well done, Infinitus!

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The Infinitus 2010 Formal Programming Schedule has been posted at www.infinitus2010.org. Here are just a few of the presentations that I hope to attend:

Thursday, July 15

4:00 Our Own Rita Skeeter: Muggle Media Mishandles HP (Connie Neal)

Friday, July 16

9:00 Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-grade Alchemist? (Deborah Hunt)

10:30 The Seven Literary Keys to Unlocking Harry Potter (John Granger)

2:30 The Histroical Hidden Key to Harry Potter (John Granger)

3:30 Sacrificing to Save: Love, Loss, and Redemption for Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore (Emily Honey)

4:30 Severus Snape, Jedi Master (Logospilgrim)

Saturday, July 17

10:00 Harry Potter: A Symbol of the Infinite Power of Courage and Love (David Gras)

11:00 Significance of Holidays in HP: Halloween, Christmas, and Easter (Connie Neal)

1:30 The Potter Pundits (Travis Prinzi, James Thomas, and John Granger)

4:00 Severus Snape is a Fiery Snake: How a Slytherin Became the Bravest Hero (Travis Prinzi)

5:00 Sneaking Past the Watchful Dragons: Christian Themes in Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia (Denise Roper)

My presentataion is scheduled during the very last hour of the last day of formal programming. I don’t know yet when my book signings for The Lord of the Hallows will be, but if you want to buy a copy, please visit www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows or visit the sidebar to get information on how to obtain a signed copy from me.

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Here’s some news from J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, and C. S. Lewis fandom that may be of interest to those who follow this blog.

According to www.theonering.net, Guillermo del Toro has resigned as director of the two films based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He may be replaced by Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am a huge fan of Jackson’s work on the trilogy, so I am hoping that this bodes well forThe Hobbit film adaptation.

I recently finished reading Tolkien of Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, a brilliant essay collection edited by Janet Brennan Croft and published by The Mythopoeic Press. This is a book that I would recommend to all fans of Tolkien’s masterpiece who enjoy thought-provoking film criticism. These essays are beautifully written, clever, and entertaining. I gave this book 5 stars at www.goodreads.com. Visit http://www.mythsoc.org/press/tolkien.on.film/ for ordering information, reviews, and summaries of the essays in this collection.

Here’s a link to a blog about an amazing dolhouse, a miniature replica of Bag End from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The details are amazing! http://madshobbithole.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/my-hand-made-hobbit-hole-bag-end-from-lord-of-the-rings/  I’d like to thank Travis Prinzi for posting this link on his blog over at The Hog’s Head. 🙂

If you want to see the latest photos from the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, please visit http://community.livejournal.com/dhmoviepics. Warning: don’t view these pictures unless you like spoilers! 😉 I happen to be one of those fans who absolutely loves spoilers, so I visit this particular online journal frequently. It’s quite amusing to see the “grown-up” versions of Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Draco from the filming of the Deathly Hallows Epilogue. Many fans think that Harry, Ron, and Draco look too old. I’ll wait until I see them in the final cut of the film to decide what I think about that. I do think that the child actors portraying James, Albus Severus, Lily, Rose, and Hugo are quite adorable. 🙂

There’s a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince version of this online journal you can visit if you don’t want to be “spoiled.” Visit http://community.livejournal.com/hbpmoviepics  to see some rare behind-the-scenes photos from the sixth Harry Potter film and much more.

www.narniaweb.com has the latest news on Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which will be released on December 10, 2010. The most recent movie poster for the film has photos of some cast members that I did not expect to see, such as Peter, Susan, and The White Witch. I hope these three characters will have small cameo roles in the film. Those who have read the book know that Edmund and Lucy, along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb, will be the main human characters from our world who have an adventure in Narnia in this installment.

With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One in November followed by Voyage of the Dawn Treader in December, this should be a great winter at the cinema.

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I did my first book signings for The Lord of the Hallows at AZKATRAZ 2009 in San Francisco this past July. When I arrived at the convention, I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that I would be doing a couple of author readings in addition to my regularly scheduled presentation as  part of the formal programming. The authors I met at the convention included Melissa Anelli (author of Harry, A History and webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron fansite), John Granger (the Hogwarts Professor himself!), Travis Prinzi (author of Harry Potter & Imagination), Valerie Frankel (author of two Harry Potter parodies), and Dr. James Thomas (author of Re-Potting Harry Potter). Meeting John Granger was fantastic  because I am a huge fan of his work, and I was truly flattered that Travis Prinzi, Valerie Frankel, and Dr. James Thomas bought my book. The presentations and the signings were a great success. I want to thank all of the fans who bought my book and gave me such positive feedback.

I am known as PhoenixWeasley at MyLeaky, the social networking site for Harry Potter fans over at www.the-leaky-cauldron.org. Here are some of the positive comments I have received from the Harry Potter fans at MyLeaky who have read the book:

“Greetings, Phoenix. I got your book today and have started reading it. It is very scholarly and very interesting. Well done!!!”–from FrescaROAR

“I am now reading the book and I love it. There are a lot of things that I hadn’t picked up on or hadn’t fully understood [about the Harry Potter series]… And, it is so cool to have such an interesting, in-depth positive look at Harry Potter… I love this book. :)”–from Moose_Star 

“I’d love to someday see a second edition, more set up as a textbook, or a trade book, with full academic citation…Thanks for this, Phoenix Weasley!!!”–from JohannMdlAmerica

“I just finished reading your book–delightful. Broad in coverage yet concise. Thanks.”–from wordsaremagic

With regards to the quotations from 1 Corinthians 15:26 and Matthew 6:21 in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “There has been a lot of debate by literary scholars about what these two passages mean in the context of Deathly Hallows. If you want to follow up on that, I recommend two books, The Lord of the Hallows by Denise Roper and How Harry Cast His Spell by John Granger.”–another quote from wordsaremagic.

These comments really made my day! I would like to sincerely thank  all of the fans at MyLeaky who have shown so much support for my efforts as a writer.

I have a number of book signings coming up in my home state of Louisiana. Here’s what I have scheduled so far:

Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at “Art After Dark,” located at the Whitney Bank building in downtown Houma.

Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Cherry Books, located at 1054 Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux.

Saturday, November 28, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Little Flower Bookstore, located at 674 Range Avenue in Denham Springs.

I will update this blog with additional book signing information as I receive it. On Wednesday September 9, 2009, the Houma Daily Courier and Thibodaux Daily Comet published a feature article on my book. I’d like to thank Laura McKnight for interviewing me. She did a great job! 🙂

Of course, many of the people reading this blog are not able to attend the book signings. The Lord of the Hallows is always available at www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows if you wish to purchase it online.

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