Sven says:

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Not for kids only

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I like the Harry Potter books very much. It feels great having been able, during some years, to follow the development of a classic-to-be. To me, who have read lots of classics already, these seven books form what scholars call a “Bildungsroman”, a story of the forming of a soul. The first one starts when Harry is ten and is rather simple like a children’s book, then in following volumes the story-telling matures with its protagonist. As a whole, it has much in common with great novels like Dickens and Jane Austen.

Let me quote a significant saying from the very first pages of the first book. Professor McGonagall tells a colleague, in the moment they secretly leave baby Harry at the doorstep of the intended foster family:

” … there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!”

This is a beautiful example of what scholars call “romantic irony” or “metafiction”. You describe something as if it really happened, but in the same moment you point out that it is fiction.

Written by svensays

March 22, 2008 at 11:59

Posted in Austen, Rowling

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