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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

Abstract:

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.