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Harry Potter and the American Philosopher's Stone

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Publication Date: December 2001

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Tsvi Blanchard

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Literature)

Keywords: Identity; Spirituality; Publications

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author examines the appeal of the Harry Potter stories in contemporary American culture. He asserts that the books fit the classic American ideal of an innocent hero who faces a dangerous challenge with integrity and overcomes it. Additionally, the books provide a glimpse into another dimension of existence which the author links to contemporary American culture's search for intense and transformative experience.