The Seeker’s Guide to Harry Potter

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The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter

I bought this book after stumbling on to it while looking for something else. I was actually looking for a spirituality book I could share with a preschooler.

The universe. Love it.

I had no idea what to expect from this book, which I kind of love because I expected nothing. It’s not too often I go into a book with no expectations. So it’s always kind of refreshing when it happens.

One of the things I loved about this book, is the paper. It feels like a heavier weight paper.

It is 259 pages if you include the bibliography, footnotes/end notes section etc.
The actual book is 212 pages. (Speaks volumes about how awesome the bibliography section and such are!)

I loved this book.
It’s not a light read, so if you are looking for something light and fluffy to escape in to this is not that book.(By any stretch of the imagination)
If you are a Harry Potter fan who loves analyzing the series than this could be a book for you. However if you are a Harry Potter fan who also is in to Spirituality than this is your book.

The best way I found for me to really take this book in was with a pen to mark sections and underline (the horror!)
But I am also considering re-reading it, now that I’ve finished it to really take it in. There is just so much meat to it, and so many amazing things to  consider and mull on that I honestly think it deserves at the very least that.

I love all the different spiritual/religious paths mentioned through out this book. It doesn’t just choose one path and run with it. The author truly opens up and dives in with many different faiths and includes snippets and references through out her writing.

The author also references the different editions of the book, and notes where differences lie between the books. Which gave her books that much more.
You can see the authors heart in every page of this book, as well as her love for the series itself.
It wasn’t just an easy money grab.

My recommendation for this book is to give it at least a long weekend to read through, don’t rush through it. It’s only 212 pages with out the end bits. But it has meat on its bones. Take your time, have a pen and a notepad with you so you can scribble notes, and underline (or post it notes to mark pages at least). Settle in with a tea (or your favourite cold beverage if you’re also enjoying the heat) and let yourself absorb this book.

Can’t recommend this book enough. 5 stars.


Review: Harry Potter,Still Recruiting:An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom

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Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom

Valerie Estelle Frankel
Rating: 5 wands (of five)

 Getting to review Valerie Frankel’s “Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom” was an absolute treat for me. I’ve been a huge HP fan for a very long time. But my involvement in any fandom has taken a seat on the back burner since the birth of my first child.

Reviewing “Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom” gave me a chance to see it through a fresh set of eyes.

Nothing could have prepared me for this book or the emotions it was going to bring with it.

A quick look through the table of contents tells you that this was a book that was taken seriously. Reading it you quickly learn that this was a book that was taken seriously by a fan and not just an author cashing in on a franchise.

That is what makes this book different.

Interviewing Cornelia Remi, the author of the Harry Potter bibliography Valerie Frankel calls it the  “the best resource around”(P.109) and “a godsend for scholars.” (P.110)
If those statements are to ring true [and I believe they do] then it’s also fair to say that Valerie Frankel’s book “ Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom”is the go to model for writing about a fandom. It is also the [only] book for understanding [or finding your way in] the fandom. 

If you’re looking for a light and fluffy [i.e mindless] read, this book is not it.
Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at the Harry Potter Fandom is a book full of heart and soul. It captures all those feelings that Harry Potter brings out in all of us and literally brought tears to my eyes as I remembered just how much this fandom means to me. It showed me how much I miss it, not having/making as much time for the magic of Harry and Hogwarts.

Divided into three sections, 1: A Deeper Look at the Fandom 2: The Conferences [Complete with colour photographs] and 3: Fan Interviews.

It quite literally could be a text book used at Hogwarts, one that Ron and Harry might actually even read!

Section 1 begins with a look at our world in comparison to Harry’s.
Pointing out the lack of technology mentioned in both Harry’s world as well as the Muggle. Questioning what it is that draws us in from a world that can’t seem to live with out it’s technology.

We also take a look at fanfiction, Quidditch! and Parodies.

The discussion on parodies surprised me. Not because it was included, but because I found myself curious about it.

Admittedly, I wasn’t really open to the idea of it before.
I had a similar thing with fanfiction, until an idea struck and i had to write it down. Then i got fanfiction and a lot more respect for those that write it.

Activism and social issues, [HPA] feminism and gender roles are also discussed through a comparison of Hermione and Twilight’s Bella Swan.

[Note: Fellow Twilight haters need not fear, Twilight is minimal and a very easy section to get through. There’s even something of a reward for reading it!]

The most interesting part of the first section however was the debate on Interpretative Authority, J.K. Rowling and her fans.

Section 2 is a nice view into the conferences, especially for those of us too far away or with out the means to go.

Section 3: The Fans

An absolutely mind blowing section.

You get the usual suspects HPA members, Etsy store owners and cosplayers.

Saving some of the best for last: college lectures on the Potterverse, a camp version of Hogwarts Academy, fan trips and more.

The author wraps her work up nicely with end notes, a bibliography, appendices listing every conference, a glossary, and a list of other titles of interest both Harry Potter and otherwise.

Whether you are looking for an offline resource on all things Harry Potter to have with you, a book to help a friend into the fandom or maybe you’re new to the world of Harry Potter and looking for something of a guide, this is the book for that.

5 wands and then some. I can not recommend this book enough. You will not be disappointed.

Check out a preview on Amazon or on Goodreads.
Find out more about Valerie Frankel.

Photo property of Valerie Frankel.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.