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Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series (image via amazon.com)

Edited by Mercedes Lackey
Started: January 13
Finished: September 11

Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice made me feel like I was back in college, reading academic papers for my Communications classes. And you know what? That’s completely OK because that’s what this book is supposed to be: a bunch of academics and science fiction & fantasy writers¬† waxing intellectual¬† and critiquing the biggest literary and movie phenomenon during my lifetime.

It’s a hodge-podge of essays, covering everything from J.K. Rowling‘s purposeful painting of wizard society as completely secular and without any notion of religion, to a very specific fan fiction fandom focuses on Severus Snape erotica (yeah, that one was pretty weird). Those two essays stuck out the most, and keep in mind I did read this over the course of about eight months. I won’t lie and say every single piece in this anthology is thought-provoking and worthwhile–I did have to really trudge through a couple of essays, taking a break of a few days or even a few months–but if you’re yearning for some more about the boy wizard, Mapping is worth a read.

 

 

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