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.

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Written by svensays

March 22, 2008 at 11:59

Posted in Austen, Rowling

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