The Alchemical Harry Potter: Essays on Transfiguration in J.K. Rowling's Novels

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Anne J. Mamary
McFarland, 21 thg 12, 2020 - 323 trang
When Harry Potter first boards the Hogwarts Express, he journeys to a world which Rowling says has alchemy as its "internal logic." The Philosopher's Stone, known for its power to transform base metals into gold and to give immortality to its maker, is the subject of the conflict between Harry and Voldemort in the first book of the series. But alchemy is not about money or eternal life, it is much more about the transformations of desire, of power and of people--through love. Harry's equally remarkable and ordinary power to love leads to his desire to find but not use the Philosopher's Stone at the start of the series and his wish to end the destructive power of the Elder Wand at the end. This collection of essays on alchemical symbolism and transformations in Rowling's series demonstrates how Harry's work with magical objects, people, and creatures transfigure desire, power, and identity. As Harry's leaden existence on Privet Drive is transformed in the company of his friends and teachers, the Harry Potter novels have transformed millions of readers, inspiring us to find the gold in our ordinary lives.
 

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Introduction
1
The Resurrection Stone and the Transfiguration of Desire
27
Why I Read Harry Potter Books Again and Again
28
The Literary Alchemy of JK Rowling
30
Harry Potter and the Transfiguration of Desire
46
ReReading Harry Potter ReCreating Ourselves
63
Out from the Shadows into the Light
79
An AntiOedipal Reading of Harry Potter and Alchemy
97
Tapping on Just Another Brick in the Wall
168
The Cloak of Invisibility and the Transfiguration of Self and Community
187
And All Was Well
188
The Snitch the Stone and the Sword
190
Alchemy as a Metaphor for Learning
209
Harry Potter and the Root of All Evil
225
Soul Making and Soul Splitting
244
Ruddy Stargazers
265

The Elder Wand and the Transfiguration of Power
115
My Harry Potter Journey
116
The Missing Element
118
On the Transmutation of Voldemorts Love of Power into Harry Potters Power of Love
140
Auror Magic
156
Friendship Hallowed Pure and EverPresent
287
About the Contributors
291
Index
295
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Anne J. Mamary teaches at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, including a course called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Soul. Her articles have appeared in journals, such as Reason Papers, International Studies in Philosophy, Women’s Studies and Feminist Studies.

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