Harry Potter: The ArchiveMatt Bird
I’m all ready to go with the next book, but it’s Thanksgiving week, so I figured I would just wrap up for this week with a review of all the Harry Potter pieces I’ve written over the years.
Last week I annotated the first twenty pages of Harry Potter and wrote a series of posts about what we can learn from those pages:
- The Annotation Project: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- Straying from the Party Line: Harry Potter and the First Five Pages Test
- Storyteller’s Rulebook: The Value of the Baby in a Basket in Harry Potter
- Rulebook Casefile: Harry Potter Goes From Hero to Zero
- Storyteller’s Rulebook: To Prologue or Not to Prologue?
- Storyteller’s Rulebook: The Value of Rowling’s Omniscient Third Person
But I’ve written a lot about Harry over the years. Most infamously, I did my Harry Potter Meddler Week:
- Here I talk about what’s so great about the first three books: The Meddler Presents: Harry Potter Week!
- And here I presumptuously rewrite book 4 to fix my problems with it: Meddling With Harry Potter Book 4
- Likewise with book 5: Meddling With Harry Potter Book 5
- And 6: Meddling With Harry Potter Book 6
- And 7: Meddling With Harry Potter Book 7
But I’ve also written lots of other posts about Harry over the years:
- Here I talk about how the movie adaptations were greatly helped by the fact that Harry isn’t a reader
- Here I talk about how well Rowling followed the maxim: Know More Than You Show.
- Here I talk about the pros and cons of adding a murder mystery.
- Here I stress the importance of making the first book in a proposed series fully satisfying, because Voldemort Dies at the End of the First Book
- Here I mention my disappointment at the inclusion of a prophesy element in the later books.
- Here’s James Kennedy praising shaggy dog storytelling in Star Wars and Harry Potter.
- Here I talk about how one of the major flaws in the series is that Harry and Ginny never have an “I understand you” moment
- Here I talk about how both Harry Potter and “The Sopranos” benefit from introducing the world mostly from one character’s POV.
- Here I talk about how Harry Potter falls victim to the Great Hypocrisy.