Harry Potter and the American Philosopher's Stone
Publication Date: December 2001
Author(s): Tsvi Blanchard
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Identity; Spirituality; Publications
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.