Live on Stage at Infinitus 2010: The Potter Pundits
Travis Prinzi, James Thomas, and John Granger
Pepperdine professor James Thomas, author of Re-Potting Harry Potter, Travis Prinzi, author of Harry Potter and Imagination, and John Granger, author of The Deathly Hallows Lectures, are PotterCast's "Potter Pundits." Winner of the Fandom chosen 2009 Leaky Award for Best Leaky Cauldron Event, the Pundit segments have explored everything from the meaning of Luna Lovegood and the celebrations of Christmas at Hogwarts to the Gothic elements in the series. The "terrible trio" of Fandom eggheads in fun conversation tease out the artistry and meaning of Ms. Rowling's work as literature. The come together at Infinitus to talk about what each thinks is the most important element driving Potter-mania in the canon texts and to answer the questions of serious readers wanting to join their conversation.
John Granger writes and speaks on the intersection of literature, philosophy, faith, and culture. He's published articles in Touchstone, been a Featured and Keynote Speaker at seven academic and fan conferences and at major Universities from Princeton and Pepperdine to Yale and the University of Chicago, and is the author of Unlocking Harry Potter (Zossima, 2007), How Harry Cast His His Spell (Tyndale, 2008), The Deathly Hallows Lectures (Zossima, 2008), and Harry Potter's Bookshelf (Penguin, 2009). John was also also a finalist in the 2006 Witch Weekly 'Most Winning Smile,' house-elf division. He lives with his wife Mary and their seven Harry-loving children in Pennsylvania.
James W. Thomas, Professor of Literature at Pepperdine University, has taught a number of courses on Rowling's books. He has been quoted in TIME, interviewed on NPR, and delivered a number of lectures—all affirming his belief that the Potter books are “legit lit,” that they deserve an honored place in the literary canon, and that they will endure—as he likes to say—so long that his grandchildren will read these books to their grandchildren. He has made presentations at a number of Potter conferences, including Prophecy and Portus; and, since last summer, Professor Thomas has been a contributor to monthly podcasts as a member of the Potter Pundits, along with his fellow pundits John Granger and Travis Prinzi. He is the author of Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader and is currently at work on a second book on the Potter series.
Travis Prinzi is a popular author and speaker on the intersection of fantasy and politics, myth and culture in Joanne Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. Prinzi, author of Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds, appears on The Leaky Cauldron’s PotterCast as a “Potter Pundit.” He has been a featured speaker and led panel discussions at five Harry Potter conferences and has lectured on everything from Harry Potter to religion to education to hit TV shows like The Office at university campuses and libraries in the United States and Canada. He collects and edits the best in Harry Potter scholarship each year for Zossima Press, Hog’s Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, the first volume of which was published in July 2009. PubCasts from The Hog’s Head feature Travis’ reflections on everything ‘Harry Potter’ as well as discussions with the best and brightest of Fandom. Travis holds graduate degrees in education and theology from the University of Rochester and Northeastern Seminary. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Tricia, daughter Sophia, and their dog, Moses.