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MuggleNet Academia discusses literature aspects of the Harry Potter book series. Brought to you by the World's #1 Harry Potter Fan Site

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What a Podcast! A Podcast for the Intellectual Harry Potter Fans!

By chupacabrasX - Oct 10 2018
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A great Podcast no matter if you are a young fanboy or a diehard one. A great, great podcast.

Great fun!

By DJ_Rampage - Nov 15 2017
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...and frequently thought-provoking!

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126 Ratings
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83
18
13
8
4

What a Podcast! A Podcast for the Intellectual Harry Potter Fans!

By chupacabrasX - Oct 10 2018
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A great Podcast no matter if you are a young fanboy or a diehard one. A great, great podcast.

Great fun!

By DJ_Rampage - Nov 15 2017
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...and frequently thought-provoking!
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MuggleNet Academia

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Rank #1: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 4: The Law in the Harry Potter Series

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Join us in the latest Academic lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we discuss how Muggle Law and Wizarding Law compare. We give examples from the story and cite Muggle cases and specific details of the laws in the UK and America as they would apply in the scenario.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet and Co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, discuss a variety of topics relating to the Harry Potter series with a Special Guest Speaker and a Student Guest Speaker during each lesson. This lesson, we welcome Judge Karen Morris, author of the book 'Law Made Fun Through Harry Potter,' to the show and Lawyer Tim Slattery, who plays the role of our student.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

Jun 14 2012

1hr 39mins

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Rank #2: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 23: 'There and Back Again: Chiasmus, Alchemy, and Ring Composition in Harry Potter'

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Join us in our latest Academic Lesson from the world of magic and intrigue created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series. Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. 

This is Lesson 23: 'There and Back Again: Chiasmus, Alchemy, and Ring Composition in Harry Potter.' Hosts Keith Hawk and John Granger are joined with four esteemed special guests, Rochelle Deans, William Sprague, Kelly Kerr, and Steven Lee. Together we discuss the incredible structure formations found with in the Harry Potter book series. Did Rowling base this structure on Tolkien, Lewis, or perhaps even Dante? Or is JKR just a huge Obsessive Compulsive in structure herself? Listen in and find out what we think.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com. Enjoy the show!

Jul 09 2013

1hr 39mins

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Rank #3: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 11: 'The Psychology of Harry Potter'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the psychology of various Harry Potter characters.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Professor of Psychology Louis Freeman of Mary Baldwin College and student guest and Psychology major Cassandra Dinius of Southern Illinois University Carbondale share their thoughts on the psychological profile of many of our favorite characters. Does Winky suffer from depression? Is Voldemort a Sociopath or a psychopath? What about the issues surrounding Mad-eye Moody and Hermione or the Black Family including a favorite character, Bellatrix? Hop on the couch as a psychological analysis gets under way.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com

Oct 19 2012

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: MuggleNet Academia - Lesson 15 - 'Harry Potter and Philosophy: Metaphysical Musings at Hogwarts'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show we are joined by Carrie-Ann Biondi, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Maymount Manhattan College in New York City. Also joining the show are two of Professor Biondi's students, Ariel Kline and Ashley Feith. In this lesson we discuss particular subjects -- love, death, friendship, punishment, lying, torture, justice, fate versus free will, the meaning of life -- through a philosophical lens, which demonstrates how philosophical tools can help us to appreciate our experience of the Hogwarts Saga more profoundly and intimately. Get your geek on for this wild ride into 'Harry Potter and Philosophy!'

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

Dec 04 2012

1hr 28mins

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Rank #5: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 13: 'Political Science in the Harry Potter Series'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, Daniel Nexon, and recent graduate of her Master's Degree from Queen's University in Canada, Kara Szames, join us as we discuss the topic of Political Science and the role of the Government in the 'Harry Potter' series. Are there any analogies between World War II and the Hogwarts Saga? What influence, if any, did the war on Islamist Terror have in Rowling's writing? What political beliefs of Rowling do we see in both 'Harry Potter' and 'The Casual Vacancy'? All of this and so much more. So sit back and tune in your Wizarding Wireless Network for a fascinating discussion about 'Political Science in the Harry Potter Series'

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

Nov 14 2012

1hr 29mins

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Rank #6: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 9: Fairy Stories - Comparing Tolkien and Rowling in Literature

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we discuss the comparisons between J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series to J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series as Fairly Stories.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet and Co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, discuss a variety of topics relating to the 'Harry Potter' series with a Special Guest Speaker and a Student Guest Speaker during each lesson. In this lesson, we are joined by Dr. Amy Sturgis from Lenoir-Rhyne University and the innovative Mythgard Institute and student guest Amy Staniszewski from the University of Birmingham in the UK. We dive into the legendary fantasy genre of Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' series to determine what, if any, influence it had in the writings of Rowling in the 'Harry Potter' series. We discuss the four gifts of the Fairy Story - Fantasy, Recovery, Escape, and Consolation - to determine if these gifts fit in with the Hogwarts Saga. Did Rowling have a larger influence from Tolkien than she claims? You fill find out our thoughts on this show.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

Sep 10 2012

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 10: 'What is Harry Potter Canon?'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we share a controversial examination into what exactly constitutes the canon of Harry Potter with Professor John Mark Reynolds.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show John Mark Reynolds from Houston Baptist University and author of 'Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra' and student guest Alicia Costello from Dickinson, Texas share their viewpoints surrounding the canon of Harry Potter. Is it the seven book series and nothing else? Should the eight movies be considered canon? What about the Trading Cards, Daily Prophelts, Schoolbooks, and Tales of Beedle the Bard that were all created by the author herself? You will enjoy this spitrited show and discussion.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com (http://www.mugglenet.com/).

Sep 23 2012

1hr 26mins

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Rank #8: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 12 - 'Elfin Mystique in the Harry Potter series'

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Join us in this latest Academic Lesson from the world created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the psychology of various Harry Potter characters.

Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. On this show Professor of History Katy McDaniel from Marietta University and student guest Abigail Robertson from Bowling Green State University join us as we discuss the topic of Elfin Mystique. Are the House-elves representative of House-wives? Or are they more representative of the American Slavery from pre-civil war? Is Dobby seen as a Christian hero and Extentialist? J.K. Rowling's writing of the House-elves dissects issues of today's modernistic world, and we want to set the record straight. Your in for a treat as we dive deep into the Elfin Mystique of Harry Potter.

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com.

Oct 31 2012

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 27: 'Billywigs, Bowtruckles, and Basilisks - Harry Potter's Fantastic Beasts'

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this Lesson, we examine some of the Fantastic Beasts found within the Harry Potter series and other Fantastic Beasts found within the schoolbooks from 2001. Joining us on the show is Dr. Melissa Aaron of California Polytechnic Institute of Pomona, California and Biology/Zoology instructor Jason Crean of Lyons Township High School and St. Xavier University and Aurora University.

We also discuss what we hope to se within the new film series Fantastic Beasts as screenplayed by author J.K. Rowling.

Thank you for listening.

Mar 04 2014

1hr 41mins

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Rank #10: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 20 - 'Our 1-Year Anniversary Spectacular Show'

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Join us in our latest Academic Lesson from the world of magic and intrigue created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series. Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. 

This is our 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR SHOW as we celebrate not only one year of incredibly rich and educational lessons, but also our 20th amazing show. Join us as we welcome back many of the special guests from the last year as we continue the topics we recorded with some additional materials you may have missed. What would we have liked to discuss that we may have missed? What show would one guest like to have been on with another guest? What fandom experience stood out the most? What future show would they like to hear? AND SO MUCH MORE!

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com. Enjoy the show!

Apr 30 2013

1hr 23mins

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Rank #11: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 22: 'Harry Potter and the Narrative Transformations'

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Join us in our latest Academic Lesson from the world of magic and intrigue created by author J.K. Rowling as we dive into the literature of the 'Harry Potter' series. Host Keith Hawk from MuggleNet is joined with co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and author of the Deathly Hallows Lectures, as we share insights into the literature series of author J.K. Rowling. 

This is Lesson 22: 'Harry Potter and the Narrative Transformations' with our special guest speaker, Professor Kate Behr from Concordia College and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New York, hails originally from England and shares her thoughts with John and I and our student guest Danielle Karthauser from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, as she challenges us to re-think how we understand the story being told in light of how the same story is re-told and how we are transformed by the telling and re-telling

MuggleNet Academia is a podcast from the staff of the World's No. 1 Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com. Enjoy the show!

Jun 26 2013

1hr 21mins

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Rank #12: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 35: "Ravenclaw Reader – Academia from St. Andrews"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

Host Keith Hawk and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson, we discuss the St. Andrews Harry Potter Literature Conference that took place in May of 2012 and the resultant book that is now available for order, Ravenclaw Reader. Ravenclaw Reader features dynamic analysis of the text of Potter from Potter Pundits around the world. Each essay within the book is followed by a peer rebuttal from another pundit. 

This lesson features the two literary professors that not only put the conference together, but were also the key editors for Ravenclaw Reader. Professor John Patrick Pazdziora, who is the Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at the College of Liberal Arts, Shantou University, in the People's Republic of China. And Father Micah Snell teaches writing and Great Books in the Honors College at Houston Baptist University. Also joining us is Professor Joshua Richards who is an Assistant Professor of English at Williams Baptist College and who presented a masterful piece on why Severus Snape is Harry's Father Figure within the stories.

Get your copy of the Ravenclaw Reader today, available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Ravenclaw-Reader-Artistry-University-Conference/dp/0990882101?tag=mugglenet00-20)

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Sep 15 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #13: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 41: "Light Sabres and Wands"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss a Galaxy Far Far Away! An exciting discussion on the film and popular culture phenomenon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it's influences both from and to the Harry Potter series. We have two Harry Potter pundits who are also expert in the origins, artistry, and meaning of George Lucas’ Star Wars films. We welcome back Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, professor at Belmont and Lenoir-Rhyne Universities and Emily Strand, with whom we just spoke about Quidditch last month from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Both have written on The Force Awakens and we’ve asked them to tell us what they can about the overlaps and mutual influences and influencing going on between these epic stories and worlds.

Also joining the show is MuggleNet Staff member and Florida State University Senior Shannen Michaelsen.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jan 05 2016

1hr 53mins

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Rank #14: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 32: "Medieval Motifs in Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson, we unpack the classical and medieval ideas and symbols that are embedded in and across the Hogwarts Saga as shared by Professor Rhonda Dubec of Lakehead University in Ontario Canada. We hope to introduce the real Middle Ages, to explore the symbols, culture, and metaphysics of this time as it finds expression in Hogwarts.

Our student guests for this show are Nadia Mulvihill, an English Literature graduate and English Teacher from upstate New York, and Aaron Schwartz, a classically trained musician and vocal instructor from Southern California.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jul 15 2015

1hr 21mins

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Rank #15: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 36: "Violence Against Women Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

We continue to examine topics that are present within the NEW academic books that are focused on the literature of the Harry Potter series. Fresh off a fantastic discussion and release of the Ravenclaw Reader, this lesson on MuggleNet Academia focuses on Chapter 11 from Professor Patrick McCauley's new book Into the Pensieve.

In this lesson, we discuss a key topic and theme that is prevalent throughout the Harry Potter series but has been overlooked in the past...Violence Against the female characters and their repercussions in the magical world. Joining Professor Patrick McCauley on this show is MuggleNet Creative Team Staff Members, Amy Hogan and Lizzie Sudlow.

In this lesson we discuss:

  • Why did J.K. Rowling name her first daughter, Jessica, after Jessica Mitford, a known communist and fascist supporter and author of Hons and Rebels?
  • Rowling's skill of writing to the level of her reader's ages throughout the series.
  • What really happened to the female characters like Katie Bell, Ariana Dumbledore, Lily Potter, Dolores Umbridge, and even Helena Ravenclaw.
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Sep 26 2015

1hr 27mins

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Rank #16: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 42: "Pottermore’s Sorting Hat: The Dark Triad Dirty Dozen"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we discuss the Pottermore Sorting Quiz by J.K. Rowling and what the resultant house assignment really tells about you and your personality. What does this sorting say to you about your relationship with the Harry Potter saga. Are you an extraverted Gryffindor; an agreeable Hufflepuff; a clever Ravenclaw; or a manipulative Slytherin? How does the 'Dark Triad Dirty Dozen' (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psycopathy) tell us about your sorting? Does the study work for other fandoms such as Divergent Factions, Hunger Games Districts. And so much more.

Also joining the show is a Junior Psychology student from Mary Baldwin College, Sharanya Rao, who is an International student from India.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Feb 04 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 28: 'The Politics of Harry Potter'

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

We dive head first into a political discussion with two very special guest who are published experts on the subject. First is Professor Ben Barton is a Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee and author of the brilliant academic journal Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy. Additionally, Professor Jack Gierzynski who is the Director of the James M. Jeffords Center's Vermont Legislative Research Service and Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and author of the book Harry Potter and the Millennials.

In this lesson we examine the role of the books and the political outlook as seen in the Ministry of Magic to that which we see in today's society. With emphasis on Libertarians and whether the books lean more left or right or even right or wrong. This lesson will be sure to capture your attention as we look at the small nuances of government in the Wizarding World.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

May 28 2014

1hr 20mins

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Rank #18: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 31: "Books Within the Books of Harry Potter"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today.

In this lesson, we examine the role of the books mentioned within the books of Harry Potter. Who reads them and who doesn't and what they tell us about the characters; Books that are used as gifts, weapons, and jokes within the Hogwarts Saga; How authors of the  magical books should be understood; and so much more.

We are joined by Hufflepuff extraordinaire, David Martin, who shares with us his MISTI-Con presentation on this very subject. We are also joined by Kelly Orazi and Ariel Taranski as our specially selected student guests.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jul 07 2015

1hr 26mins

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Rank #19: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 47: "How to Write Like Rowling"

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

In this lesson, we have asked C. S. Plocher, professional editor who blogs at WriteLikeRowling.com, and Christine Frazier of the BetterNovelProject.com webBlog to join us in opening a new subject, namely, knowing what we do about Harry Potter as a literary artifact. Can we reproduce its success at least in part by imitating how J.K. Rowling tells her seven part epic? Have other authors already done this? Where did Rowling find her tools or are they unique to her?

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Jun 19 2016

1hr 28mins

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Rank #20: MuggleNet Academia Lesson 48: “Cursed Child: Praise, Criticism, and Pigeons”

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MuggleNet Academia is a comprehensive insight into the literary thematic elements and scholastic endeavors that author J.K. Rowling has provided in her writings of the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike series.

We look through the entire Harry Potter series for various elements in alchemy, literary components, composition attributes, as well as available classes at Universities and Colleges around the world, and various unique studies that are being implemented today. We also dissect the Cormoran Strike mystery detective series as the books are being released, helping readers understand and appreciate the writings of the modern-day Dickens, J.K. Rowling.

Once again, the MuggleNet Academia team of host Keith Hawk, managing editor for MuggleNet, and co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor, brings our fans the latest in academic discussions within the Hogwarts saga. In this lesson, we discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in depth.

SPOILER WARNING: During this academic lesson, we will be discussing many plot points and offering literary analysis from the 'draft rehearsal script' including many spoilers. DO NOT Listen to this lesson if you have not read the script.

Not since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has the Harry Potter fandom gathered at midnight in bookstores and libraries around the world for a new story from Rowling’s beloved Wizarding World. The ‘draft rehearsal script’ of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was published at the witching hour on Harry and Jo’s birthday, 31 July, and Potter Pundits around the world have been reading and re-reading in a hurry to let us know what they think of it. MuggleNet Academia has invited the faculty of HogwartsProfessor.com, our friends Professors Elizabeth Baird-Hardy, Louise Freeman, and Emily Strand with my co-host John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor himself, to join us and get the conversation going.

We hope you enjoy the show. Thank you for listening.

Aug 09 2016

1hr 49mins

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