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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Allegory

It's fitting that Harry and his buds start taking Care of Magical Creatures this school year, since we have a lot of animals running around in this book. There's various Animagi (Animaguses?), as i...

Setting

If that brand new Harry Potter theme park in Orlando is any indication, the Harry Potter books have very memorable settings. But there are more settings than just Hogwarts in Azkaban, though the su...

POV/Narrative Voice

J.K. Rowling's voice comes out pretty distinctively in the Harry Potter novels – if you've ever read an interview with her, you can definitely hear hints of the narrator who guides us through...

Genre

Children's Literature: The Harry Potter books are obviously children's literature. In fact, they're probably the most famous children's books of all time. So what's with all the adults reading them...

Tone

Reading the Harry Potter books is a bit like sitting down and having someone tell you a really great bedtime story. There's something very personable and engaging about the novel, and this welcomin...

Style

If you're wondering what on Earth the distinction is between descriptive and detailed, don't worry. We haven't decided to run amuck with synonyms. First, let's tackle descriptive. In terms of style...

What's Up With the Title?

In the series, this was the first title that mentions a person rather than an object. This title also stands out for being the most misleading in the series thus far... which happens to be really f...

What's Up With the Ending?

Harry Potter books tend to follow a certain formula, which is cool to consider. They start off with Harry's birthday. And they end with Harry returning to the Dursleys' house for yet another summer...
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