The Seven Literary Keys to Unlocking Harry Potter: The Future of the Hogwarts Saga 'Shared Text' in Classrooms John Granger Harry Potter is the 'Shared Text' of the young 21st Century and it has created not only a common story vocabulary for readers everywhere but also an imaginative experience we all have been through individually and together. John Granger, who has lectured on Harry Potter as literature at schools like Yale, Princeton, and Chicago, explains how Harry's adventures with Ron and Hermione provide the tools serious readers need to open up our understanding of English literature and, more important, of human life itself. With his intellectually challenging but always fun approach, Granger discusses literary alchemy, story setting, postmodern themes, the hero's journey, allegorical satire, Christian symbolism, and narrative misdirection to reveal the mechanics of Ms. Rowling's literary magic, why her themes and symbols resonate within us, and why knowing these details are so useful in interpreting other books and how we understand ourselves and our world. Ever wonder, really wonder, why you love these books the way you do? Come compare your conclusions to what the “Hogwarts Professor” thinks and learn why he believes the Hogwarts Saga will be used in schools for generations. 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 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.