The Harry Potter Phenomenon


Program Description:

We all know how popular Harry Potter is, but what are the literary and cultural roots of this popularity? This talk looks both at the literary lineage of the books in 19th century fiction and the current cultural and technological forces that have brought it to the forefront of popular culture. It also offers well-informed answers to the big Potter questions: Will this make kids read more? Why do so many people like Harry Potter? Should you feel bad if you don't? Is Harry Potter really anti-Christian? Will we still be reading the books in 100 years?