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A professor of literature for over thirty years, Dr. James W. Thomas takes us on a tour through the Potter books in order to enjoy them in different ways upon subsequent readings. Re-readers will be pleasantly surprised at what they may have missed in the books and at what secrets Rowling has hidden for us to uncover as we revisit these stories. The professor's informal anA professor of literature for over thirty years, Dr. James W. Thomas takes us on a tour through the Potter books in order to enjoy them in different ways upon subsequent readings. Re-readers will be pleasantly surprised at what they may have missed in the books and at what secrets Rowling has hidden for us to uncover as we revisit these stories. The professor's informal and often lighthearted discussions focus on puns, humor, foreshadowing, literary allusions, narrative techniques, and other aspects of the Potter books that are hard-to-see on the hurried first or fifth reading. Dr. Thomas's brilliant but light touch proves that a "serious" reading of literature can be fun. "What do you read after HARRY POTTER? Finally, there's a satisfying answer - you read REPOTTING HARRY POTTER for a whole new depth of appreciation and enjoyment. This book allows anyone intimidated by literature classes to sneak a seat in a class with one of those professors every student loves. You'll come away with a new depth of knowledge of Rowling's epic but also with a list of related literature you will want to read; great insights for aspiring writers too." Connie Neal, author of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY POTTER...

Title : Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-By-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
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Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-By-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader Reviews

  • Adam Ross
    2019-06-06 03:48

    A really fun book which focuses primarily on Rowling's use of puns and foreshadowing. He walks us through all seven books in order two or three chapters at a time. Beyond these basics of punning and foreshadowing, there is much genuine insight into deeper topics as well. One of the nice things about the book is that he isn't hesitant to point out inconsistencies or flaws in the stories themselves, something other Potter critics haven't much touched upon. The book is not without its flaws and irritations. He is far too taken with modernist literature for his and our good, constantly seeing connections to and recommending us to read bad literature, the sort of literature that "literature people" read, which is precisely the sort of literature that Potter is not. There is nary a mention of Narnia or any of the other works that Rowling said influenced Harry Potter. Instead, we get very weak and reaching connections to Hawthorne, Joyce, Melville, Faulkner (ugh) and, worst of all, to Kant. Twice. Bad, bad, bad. And he sneers down at one of the best works of literature ever written, Spencer's The Faerie Queene. And he's got a seeming obsession with seeing sexual innuendo where there is none, or where the connection is a stretch at best (though there are some sexual jokes in Potter occasionally, like trolls comparing club sizes, etc.). But he relies overmuch (which is to say, at all) on Freud and Freudian psychology for his readings of many of these "innuendos." But these play only tangential roles in the book, so if you can ignore them, there is much good here too.

  • Shannon Knight
    2019-06-15 06:57

    This is a good book for people who are re-reading Potter, or any book, for the first time. It gives a first-time re-reader a lot of things to think about and look for. It's very elementary, however, for those of us who have been re-reading Potter for years, and who are experienced re-readers of literary fiction. The conversational tone of the writing is nice to an extent but does become distracting in places; Thomas uses some weird colloquialisms ("what all" is a particularly annoying one) at times. There are for sure places where I feel he completely misses the point (a discussion about Sirius Black and the lengthy Marauders reveal in book three springs immediately to mind), but that's sort of the fun of a book like this -- my own disagreement with the scholar. I also feel that he makes a lot of statements and then sort of backs off of them -- like there are a lot of unfinished thoughts. But perhaps that's intentional and he felt like offering his own interpretation to the work wasn't really what he was trying to accomplish with this book. One thing that did annoy though was his failure to include actual quotes from other pieces of literature he was referencing, instead suggesting over and over that his reader go check out those works to see what he's talking about. I get what he's trying to do (he's a teacher, for heaven's sake) -- he wants us all to read further and learn something. But seriously, no amount of cajoling or half-truths about William Faulkner will ever get me to read William Faulkner again. And I'm far too lazy to seek out unfamiliar poetry. So just give us a few lines here and there. Without these, it weakens what Thomas is trying to do. And finally, his use of "Dumby" as a nickname for Dumbledore made me feel super stabby.

  • Missninelien
    2019-05-31 11:09

    I enjoyed this book, but the thing is: 99% of the things the author mentioned I already discovered on my own. I know I am a huge Potter aficionado who re-read the series quite a few times, who watches the movies regularly and falls asleep to the audiobooks every night. The huge, huge plus of this books is that the author refers to other sources many of times, which paints a bigger picture for the sceneries in the book or why emotions are portrayed in a certain way. For instance: The author writes about the scene when Hagrid finds out that Buckbeak will be executed. The way Hagrid acts in that scene is linked to an Emily Dickinson poem. Whilst reading the poem myself, I found it to make perfect sense to link the two together. Who knows, maybe JKR had read the poem and used it as an inspiration? The book is filled with these kind of links, so be prepared to do a lot of extra reading to find out what the author is reading about. I loved it though!

  • Linda
    2019-06-04 10:45

    I so enjoyed this book. Thank you, Kayla Weathers, for the tip. This book is for great lovers of Harry Potter and/or English teachers and I am both. The author is a college professor who ignored Harry Potter for a long time before reading the series and coming to love it and teach classes on it. The subtitle of the book is A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader. I've re-read the series many times, so I was ready for this and it was timely, as I was reading it at the same time the new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out.

  • Joshua Thompson
    2019-06-24 05:00

    I'm really glad that I read this book concurrently with re-reading the series. It not only served as a quasi-English course on some books that I love, but it made me realize that I should re-read great books more often. The depth and quality of J.K. Rowling's story was greatly enhanced by this volume.

  • Jenn
    2019-06-12 03:52

    Fantastic re-reading companion! I wish our professor would have assigned this book when I took a HP class in college. :) Overall I thought it was a great read, and can be read without having your book collection nearby if you have a decent memory of the stories. I wish there was a little bit more on social commentary and more current topics, but I suppose you can only fit so much into one book. I'd like to mention that it's also helpful to have a light literary background when reading this (but not necessary to understand the points being made), because many classics are referenced. I think anyone who is interested in a light literary critique would enjoy this book. The author tries very hard to convince the reader that his writing is not a standard "critical review", but rather an interesting lecture in book formant. The author also does a great job of tying individual books together to further shape the series as a singular thought process.

  • Alyssa
    2019-06-24 10:08

    I learned a lot of things I didn't know about the series before, but overall I felt like this author was trying a little too hard to find symbolism and foreshadowing in every word. A bit too much "overthink" as he calls it. But when he wasn't overthinking it, it was interesting, and the literary analysis didn't make me like the series any less. I do like his thoughts about why we re-read books we love.

  • Julie
    2019-06-19 04:10

    I reread the entire series each summer...typically a book per day. This year, I reread the series in conjunction with this title, taking my time, delving into the magic (sorry, but what other word fits???) of the stories once again. This was a great companion book for someone looking to invest a little time and reconnect to the story once again.

  • Ebony
    2019-06-15 11:04

    This book was a lot of fun and the pacing of the book was just right. I never felt like it focused too long on a certain book or chapter ( although I do wish he would have spent more time on the last book). There were a few comparisons that he kept coming back to that were not very convincing and where it seemed like the author was just grasping for comparisons. I read this book a year after I had re-read the whole series so it was still fresh in my mind and his writing style was also very laid back. I think this book is the only one he's writing where he analyzes a series but if he ever wrote one for any other series I've read, I would definitely read it.Although the description says that it can be enjoyed by those who are reading it for the first time, I highly recommend that new readers actually finish the entire series before getting into this book. There are so many spoilers in this book that had I read it before reading the seventh book, I would be extremely disappointed. Sometimes it's not outright spoilers but he does lead on to early enough about which characters may or may not survive.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-01 09:45

    I love all things HP. To that end, I periodically read books about reading the HP books. This book promised to be "A Professor's Book-By-Book Guide for the serious Re-Reader" but fell quite flat of that goal. First, let me the say it is obvious the author is sincerely fond of the HP books and uses the first chapter to make the arguement that the series can be considered a literary classic. However the chapters discussing each book had a very silly and pedantic tone (why is the author refering to Dumbledore as Dumby throughout the book?). The author constantly made really bad puns. Even if a few are amusing, the amount in this book lead me to wonder if the author got paid for each pun that made it into the book. There were some insightful comments, but surrounded by so many obvious statements and just inaccurate speculations (such as Rita Skeeter turning in a beetle was one of many references to 'The Beatles') it was hard to enjoy. I really had to push through to finish the book. To the critical reader, I would recommend other commentary/discussion of the HP series; this book does not do it justice.

  • Deb
    2019-06-23 10:12

    Took my time rereading all of the Potter books alongside Repotting Harry Potter. Repotting divides the Potter books into chunks of 2-6 chapters and feels like a friend, who reading the Potter books with you, wants to make sure you didn't miss anything he found particularly amusing, well written, or insightful. Puns, foreshadowing, symbols, character growth, and almost no criticisms. I particularly enjoyed the many places where Professor Thomas stops to admire specific passages where Ms. Rowling really shines as a writer.This book in partnership with the Potter series would make a great foundation for an introductory literature course. Most literature courses expose students to works with which they are completely unfamiliar, and very often, did not enjoy reading. If someone has already read and enjoyed at least some of the Potter books previously and then comes to read the whole series with Repotting, I think they would come to understand and even appreciate what all those English teachers are raving about when they pick apart a story and examine all its parts.

  • Stacy
    2019-06-15 10:49

    Having never read a book about a book, I wasn't sure what to expect. While I think this professor's class would be interesting and insightful, I felt the writing was a bit pompous. There were countless references to other works, many of which I felt were included only to demonstrate his well-read background and to give authenticity to his ability to deconstruct literature. What I liked about it was that it was conversational - and since no one in my real life enjoys sitting around, discussing the details and plots and logic of the Harry Potter books, it was an enjoyable read. I would have given it 3 stars for that reason but the puns were simply too much for me. If he hadn't pointed them out so often, it might have been okay. As it was, he used quotation marks or apologized to make sure that the reader noticed each and every pun. It was too over the top for me.

  • Valia Smolin
    2019-06-25 10:59

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  • K.
    2019-06-23 08:13

    I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having read all the Harry Potter books it's nice to know what subtleties I may have missed first time around, and what I should look out for during the inevitable rereads.James W. Thomas' tone throughout is light and conversational. I never felt bogged down by descriptions or bored by his discussions, as can quite often be the case when people go about dissecting books.Simply put, if you're planning on picking up your Potter books again, read this book first. It will enhance the experience.

  • Susie
    2019-06-17 03:14

    Written by an English professor at Pepperdine, who pioneered a class dedicated to exploring the series. A quote from the author: "The books are very recent, but all classics were recent at one point. I think the elitist assumption is that something popular cannot also be good. So much detail is encoded in these books."

  • Jen
    2019-05-27 10:03

    Many, many good points made in these pages; some I had heard elsewhere, some were new to me. My biggest problem was with some spelling errors (Huffelpuff instead of Hufflepuff? Riming instead of rhyming?) But, except for those small, editorial problems, it was a good book and I can't wait to get into my next reread of the series just so I can put what I learned in these pages to good use.

  • April
    2019-06-16 04:15

    Very good companion book to Harry Potter lovers, those who like to analyze literary works, and those who are willing to look up the many references to other works that the author gives. I thought I would be okay to read this on my reading background, but it turns out that I have made many marks to do some further reading(never a bad thing!).

  • Sarah Taylor
    2019-06-23 07:06

    Loved reading this so much. Great conversational writing style which made it fun to read but also made lots of interesting points and references. Mentioned lots of things I hadn't noticed before or didn't know about. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in getting more out of the Harry Potter books upon re-reading.

  • Kim
    2019-06-04 08:01

    Okay. Well this is a nice little partner read for anyone who does not pick apart books. I do, so I just nodded and agreed with much of this book. I didn't have any great, mind-opening "WOW" moments. I even have a few little things I find wonderful or questionable that Thomas made no mention of. Glad I made myself finish it, but will likely not read it or reference it in the future.

  • Heather
    2019-06-18 10:54

    Really enjoyed reading this book while re-reading the Harry Potter series. It was informative and instructive, while also being entertaining, and even touching. Professor Thomas has a style that appreciates the story and characters of the HP world, but also enjoys the humor and whimsy in the books.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-06-14 05:52

    This was a fun read especially if you're like me and you've reread Harry Potter untill you're dizzy. :) But by the time the author was looking at the Deathly Hallows he was starting to bug me because he kept trying to compare Harry to Christ for stupid reasons. Overall though, it was really funny and interesting!

  • Cassidy
    2019-06-17 10:04

    This book contained multiple grammar and spelling errors. The content was not much better; many of the analyses (70%) were completely ridiculous and could have only found by purposely digging for them.

  • Lotzastitches
    2019-06-16 08:07

    Finished reading this without rereading the canon. Still made me cry. I liked John Granger books more.

  • April
    2019-06-09 06:54

    A few things I had not considered before, but will re-think.

  • Amber Koppenhofer
    2019-05-31 10:14

    This professor explains Rowling's writing method, from her foreshadowing and symbolism, to her play on words. He really picks out the details that I missed when reading it on my own.

  • Rosemary Daly
    2019-06-22 04:14

    This is a fabulous adjunct to the Harry Potter series. A must read for anyone who is truly bewitched by Rowling's master work. The insights are amazing. Will have to reread Potter again!

  • Kristin
    2019-06-25 05:58

    interesting way to approach rereading and an enjoyable book to read

  • Sarah
    2019-05-30 06:55

    A little long-winded at times but it gave some good insight to a series that I have read so many times.

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  • Jennifer Lynn Harrison
    2019-06-17 08:57

    This is a fantastic supplement to the world of Harry Potter. It also allows you to re-read with new discoveries, making your re-read even more spectacular!