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I was delighted with this recent 5-star review of The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter which appeared on amazon.com! 🙂

“Denise Roper sure knows her stuff. This book analyzes Christian symbolism in Harry Potter, focusing on magical animals, names, hallows, horcruxes and more. There are many links to Lord of the Rings and Narnia that a casual reader might not notice, but Ms. Roper draws them all out for us. How is the weasel significant? What about Madame Pudifoot’s? While many have observed Harry and Frodo make the ultimate, Christ-like sacrifice, Ms. Roper digs deep, linking their journeys with Bible passages and deliberate allusions from JK Rowling. She uses interviews, letters, and lesser-known works from Rowling and Tolkien to make her case, offering a deep, detailed analysis for fans of both series. This is also one of the few books to really take apart Deathly Hallows, the last of the series. Certainly, those afraid of Harry Potter’s alleged witchcraft should read both this and John Granger’s book on God in Harry Potter. Fun, easy analysis for a variety of audiences.”

This review was written by fellow author Valerie Frankel, whose presentations I have enjoyed at at Mythcon 41 and the numerous Harry Potter symposia I have attended. Valerie is the author of the Harry Potter parodies Henry Potty and the Pet Rock and Henry Potty and the Deathly Paper Shortage. I am really looking forward to her upcoming book From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend which is to be published this fall by McFarland and Company. Valerie gave us a sneak preview of it at Mythcon 41, and I thought it was a fascinating response to the “hero’s journey” model that was developed by comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. You can find out more about Valerie’s literary and scholarly works at http://heroine.calithwain.com.

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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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Well, I’m back.

I’ve been away from this blog for a while due to the fact that I had two major conventions in July in the last two weeks, Mythcon 41 and Infinitus 2010. I’m glad I kept a journal during both of these amazing conferences, because I want to remember all of the interesting people I met and all of the wonderful presentations that I heard in the last two weeks.  This post will be devoted the Mythopoeic Society’s recent convention, Mythcon 41, which was held at The Crowne Plaza Suites in Dallas, Texas from July 9-12. The theme of this year’s event was “War in Heaven: Cosmological Conflict in Mythopoeic Fiction.”

Friday, July 9, 2010 After checking into my suite, I obtained my registration packet and badge, then made a quick visit to the vendor’s room to examine the vast selection of books by (and about) C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others. Eighth Day Books had an especially fine selection of Christian and Inklings-related reading material. Later during the con I discovered that this store is also selling my book, The Lord of the Hallows: Christian Symbolism and Themes in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. It will be featured in their fall catalog and is available from their website at www.eighthdaybooks.com. Wow!

3:00 p. m. I gave my presentation, “The Lord of the Horcruxes: The Immortal Soul and the Eternal War Between Good and Evil in the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling,” which was very well received. I posted an excerpt from this paper on this blog over a month ago if you’d like to read it.

4:00 p. m. I attended the panel “Faith and Fantasy: How Authors’ Religious Views Affect Their Fiction.” This is, of course, a topic that is of great interest to me. My author friend M. B. Weston was on this panel. Her fantasy series, The Elysian Chronicles, is about a “War in Heaven,” which ties in nicely with the theme of this year’s Mythcon. Award-winning author Tim Powers was also on this panel. (More on Tim later.)

5:00 p.m. Panel: “Tolkien and Source Criticism: Rewards and Pitfalls.”

Dinner followed, then a much-needed rest. I left my home in southern Louisiana about 2:00 a. m. and arrived in Dallas about 11:00 a. m. that day, so I hadn’t had nearly enough sleep on the first day of the convention.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

9:00 a.m. Keynote breakfast with Janet Brennan Croft. Her speech was “The Thread on Which Doom Hangs: Free Will, Disobedience, and Eucatastrophe in Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” This was a brilliant presentation that Janet will (hopefully) publish in a future issue of Mythlore. It was truly outstanding!

11:00 a.m. Artist Jef Murray’s presentation, “Fanning the Secret Fire: Subcreating as a Spiritual Voyage,” was quite beautiful, like his paintings. Jef said, “Return to God the talent he has given you. All that you do glorifies the creator.” Those are words to live by. You can view Jef’s artwork at www.JefMurray.com.

After a delicious lunch, I went back to my room to relax for a moment when suddenly I received a call on my cell phone. One of the panelists for the 1:00 discussion of self-publishing was absent and Jason Fisher wanted to know if I could fill in for the person who was absent. This was around 12:50 or so…

1:00 p. m. Panel: “No Publisher? No Problem! The Nuts and Bolts of Self-Publishing” with Mark Hooker, Diana Glyer, and , er, someone named Denise Roper (?). Moderated by Jason Fisher. This was a panel I wanted to attend. I didn’t know that I was going to be on it! It actually went very well: I do so love making things up as I go along. 😉 In truth, many people told me throughout the convention that they really enjoyed this panel. Well, I’m a musician. I’m used to improvisation. Thanks, Jason! (I really mean that.)

2:00 p.m. I went to Christine Barkley’s presentation entitled “Tolkien’s Creativity,” which was followed by a very interesting discussion session.

3:00-5:30 p.m. Panels and presentations continued. Authors had book signing time if they desired it. I did, and I shared a signing table with Jef Murray. He told me about the St. Austin Review, a magazine of Catholic culture, of which Jef is the Artist in Residence. I had actually thought about subscribing to this magazine before I met Jef because I really enjoy the writing of two of its main contributors, namely Joseph Pearce and Peter Kreeft. (I finally sent off my subscription today–July 20.)

After supper we had a very fine keynote presentation from John D. Rateliff, author of The History of the Hobbit. His presentation was entitled “She and Tolkien revisited.” This was followed by a play by Charles Williams, The Masque of the Manuscript.

Sunday, July 11, 2010 I attended the convention’s Episcopalian service at 8:00 a.m., and was intrigued by its similarities to the Catholic Mass, as well as the important differences. The second reading tied in perfectly with the theme of Mythcon 41:

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short! (Revelation 12:7-12)

From now on when I read about Michael’s battle with the dragon, I will be reminded of Gandalf’s fight with the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: “I threw down my enemy, and he fell from the high place and broke the mountainside where he smote it in his ruin.” (LotR 491)

I also loved this particular prayer of petition: “Remember Charles, Clive, John Ronald, and all who have died in the peace of Christ; remember those whose faith is known to you alone; and bring them all into the place of eternal joy and light.” I thought that it was so lovely that we prayed for the Inklings in this way, but I really think Clive would have liked it better if we had called him “Jack.”

9:00 Anne Collins Smith gave a great presentation on a Harry Potter villain: “Virtue’s Evil Twin: Draco Malfoy and the Acquisition of Vice.” Anne demonstrated how Draco does not fit into Aristotle’s moral hierarchy of the superhuman (Christ), morally strong (Harry), morally weak (Pettigrew), vicious (Voldemort), and subhuman (Crabbe & Goyle). I really enjoyed this paper and the lively discussion that followed it.

10:00 I attended Randy Hoyt’s excellent presentation “One Forbidden Thing: A Fairy Tale Motif in The Magician’s Nephew and Pan’s Labyrinth. This is another paper that I would love to see printed in Mythlore.

11:00 a.m. Panel: “Are Fantasy and Science Fiction Social Commentary in Disguise?” I say it depends on whose novel you are reading.

After lunch, I spent time in the vendor’s room. (The books were calling to me.) There were also many books that I bid on and won for $1 or $2 each in the Mythopoeic Society auction. So many books…

“What are you doing with all of those books anyway?” Ron asked…

“Just trying to decide which ones to take with us,” said Hermione. “When we’re looking for the Horcruxes.”

“Oh, of course,” said Ron, clapping a hand to his forehead. “I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.” ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 95)

I can relate to this passage so well. I must have my mobile library with me wherever I go. Horcruxes, beware!

I did another book signing on Sunday afternoon and shared a table with M. B. Weston. Unfortunately I missed some more presentations that I wanted to see, but I guess that happens at every convention.

At 6:00 p.m. we had our annual Mythopoeic Society Awards Banquet, which was followed by a hilarious keynote presentation by author Tim Powers. He is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Society Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and numerous other honors. He’s also a really great speaker and extremely witty. I read that the screenplay for the film Pirates of the Caribbean 4 will be based on Tim’s novel On Stranger Tides. I’m now combing the used book stores for Tim Powers’ numerous out-of-print novels.

Monday, July 12, 2010.

9:00 a. m.  Melody Green presented the third of the three Harry Potter-themed papers, “Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, and Harry: Types of Sacrifice in Fantasy Literature.” Melody was so kind as to give me a copy of her paper to keep. I appreciate that so much.

10:00 a. m. Valerie Frankel gave one of the last presentations of Mythcon 41: “Exploring Narnia: The Hero’s and Heroine’s Journeys in Concert.” I enjoyed this paper very much and am looking forward to Valerie’s upcoming book From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend, which will be available from McFarland this Fall. See http://heroine.calithwain.com for more information.

Mythcon 41 ended with the annual Mythopoeic Society meeting, followed by the entire group singing “Chorea Magna,” “The Baby and the Bird,” and way too many choruses of “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Hobbit?” lol! Best conference ending ever.

It was a long drive back to Louisiana. I had only one night’s sleep before departing for Orlando, Florida for the Harry Potter conference Infinitus 2010….

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Here’s a preview of  some of the papers that will be presented at Mythcon 41 in Dallas from June 9-12, 2010. I obtained this information from the Mythopoeic Society’s website at www.mythsoc.org. Please visit their website for a complete listing. This list includes only some of the presentations that I hope to see.

Christine Barkley: Tolkien’s Creativity

Robert Black: Many Meetings in Fangorn: Tolkien’s Ecological Mythopoesis of Gender

Brian Cambra: The Augustinian Subordination of Friendship in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

Kelly Cowling: Lessons from the Perilous Realm: Mythopoeic Literature as Deautomatizing Practice

Janet Brennan Croft: Psyche in New York: The Devil Wears Prada Updates the Myth

Valerie Frankel: Exploring Narnia: The Hero’s and Heroine’s Journeys in Concert

Melody Green: Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn and Harry: Types of Sacrifice in Fantasy Literature

Brian Melton: Into the Trenches of Narnia: C.S. Lewis the Soldier and the Narnian Way of War

Michael Milburn: Art according to Romantic Theology: Charles Williams’ Analysis of Dante Adapted to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle”

Jef Murray: Fanning the Secret Fire: Sub-Creation as a Spiritual Voyage

Jef Murray: A Journey Through Middle-earth: Sketches and Paintings of Tolkien’s World

Denise Roper: The Lord of the Horcruxes: The Immortal Soul and the Eternal War Between Good and Evil in the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling

Anne Collins Smith: Virtue’s Evil Twin: Draco Malfoy and the Acquisition of Vice

Donald Williams: A Tryst with the Transcendentals: C.S. Lewis on Beauty, Truth, and Goodness

 PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Heavenly Battles in the Tolkien Classroom (A Paper Session Panel with Leslie Donovan and Friends)

Are Fantasy and Science-Fiction Social Commentary in Disguise?

Appropriating Divinity: Gods and Other Mythological Beings in Fantasy Literature

Faith and Fantasy: How Authors’ Religious Views Affect Their Fiction

This is going to be a wonderful conference. I am really looking forward to meeting all of the members of the society and hearing their lectures. The names Valerie Frankel and Denise Roper (that’s me!) should be familiar to Harry Potter fans who have attended the Harry Potter Education Fanon conferences. Valerie and I were both presenters at Azkatraz last year, and she told me about her interest in the theories of comparative mythology expert Joseph Campbell and her own writings on the “Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey” inspired by Campbell’s works. I am hoping to talk with her again about this fascinating subject. I am also curious about what Melody Green has to say about the topic of sacrifice in fantasy literature. I have already written on this subject in The Lord of the Hallows, in which I examined Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, and Harry as Christ figures. I would certainly like to hear Melody’s perspective on my analysis.

Comments are welcome! 🙂

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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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