Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Repost: 'Beyond the book: page 1379 of Deathly Hallows...' from the Gypsy Scholar

I'm having much more fun read tonight than writing.

Since I usually end up writing way too much, that's a good thing.

This one is from the Gypsy Scholar who is another expat in Korea. It's about the Deathly Hallows and it pokes fun at well, you'll figure that out after you read it.

Good one Gypsy Scholar!

Beyond the book: page 1379 of Deathly Hallows...

(Image from Wikipedia)

Though still a little-known fact, the latest Potter volume contains more than 759 pages.

No, I don't mean those those seven blank pages nor the "About the Author" page, another blank page, the "About the Illustrator" page, or that last visible page, on art direction and the choice of font.

Nope, not those.

I mean the part of the book that extends into another dimension, much like Doctor Who's TARDIS, which is bigger on the inside than on the outside. In those pages beyond our earthly dimensions, Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows never seems to end.

It is, indeed, a hypertext, unbounded in all directions and linked to every other text in the universe, a veritable universe of discourse.

I've reached page 1379, where Voldemort fully melds with the Antichrist, something I've been anticipating for several volumes now as Voldemort has taken on ever-more-serpentine qualities and thereby grown ever-more Satanic. Turns out, then, that the entire anti-Potter faction among evangelicals has been utterly wrong the whole time about Rowling's supposed 'anti-Christian' magic. In these hypertextual pages, the Christian imagery grows ever more obvious. Those evangelicals who had opposed the Potter phenomenon for its 'pagan' worldview will just have to learn to read it in much the way that they've learned to read C.S. Lewis, seeing the deeper magic beneath the witchery and accepting the pagan details as vehicles for a Christian message, as Elisabeth Gruner has been arguing for some time.

Deathly Hallows is simply another expression for the valley of the shadow of death, so we should fear no evil...

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  1. OMG, Expat, the last book is sooooo great. It's my favorite out of the series, next to books 2 and 4.

  2. Imma gonna get flogged for this, but I liked it but I didn't LOVE it.

    I wished the epilogue would have gotten into a bit (just a bit) of the trio's journey after all was said and done.

    Plus there were loose ends like Teddy kissing Victore and her not saying who the hell Victore was (Fleur and Bill's daughter, btw).

    With all the hype the details should have been better handled.

    I thought certain ties could have been flused out better too. But I'll leave going through the book just to say it was a good ending, but, for me, it wasn't great.

  3. ExpatJane, thanks for the plug, and I'm glad that you enjoyed my humor. I'm not really sure whom I was poking fun at ... maybe myself?


    Jeffery Hodges

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  4. You're welcome.

    I'll leave who you were poking fun at a mystery for you to figure out. I know what I thought...

  5. Hi Jane!

    I meet you at the John Mayer show in Tokyo! I stumpled upon your site because I was looking for the John Mayer Oprah interview. =) I'm in Nashville right now gearing up to see him this evening. =) I still live in Tokyo. Drop me a line, if you'd like to.


  6. I guess you left your comment here 'cause it's the latest post, but you could have left it on the post to lead you here.

    I get notifications no matter where it's posted. In fact, I think I'll write you and have you resubmit it.

    Then again, maybe I shouldn't fucking micromanage comments on my blog.

    Eh, okay, nevermind...

    Good to hear from you.


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