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     Welcome all to a literary analysis of the Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling.
     Your guides along the journey will be your two dear friends, Keebler Elf and Phoenix, and the Honorable Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor.
     We don't know where we're going.  Perhaps we shall end up with some meaningful conclusion about the nature of life and of human nature, or perhaps we won't.  We actually don't care.  We do, however, plan on making many insightful and meaningful observations along the journey, and hopefully have a great deal of fun.
     Please the join the bandwagon -- the more the merrier!
     Now, please fasten your seat belts, put on your thinking caps, and hold on tight.
     May the force be with us.

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     I'd like to make the point that the Harry Potter series is a woefully under-publicized work of literature.  Yes.  Under-publicized.  I know that it's one of the most popular children's books in the world, one of the most popular young adult novels in the world, and also a very popular work of adult fiction.  But is it a popular work of literature?  No.  This is most unfortunate.
   "Well", I hear you saying, "maybe Harry Potter isn't literature."
     I have one thing to say to you.  You are so wrong.
     Harry Potter is more than a well-imagined children's story, more than a creative fantasy novel.  Harry Potter presents an insight into the human world through the creation of a complex magical world drawn from literature, history, and tradition.  Ms. Rowling did more than sit at her desk (or cafe table) and think of some cool ideas about magic.  She has created a world out of parts of our culture; perhaps this is why her world resonates so loudly with us.  Within this magical, enthralling world, she has placed our own world, our own people, and our own conflicts.  Human nature is just as striking and just as vile and noble as we see it around us and within us.
     The Harry Potter series not only tells a story, but it speaks to us, about  mankind, about society, about life and love and laughter and sadness and all of the depth of human emotion.
     Is this not what defines true literature?