i enjoyed these the most because they were subjects i had thought a lot about myself (with the exception of snape; i had no idea there was so much erotic fan fiction about him).
Or had passionate discussions about Snape and whether he counts as a villain, an anti-hero, or a Byronic love interest??? Because I definitely have, and now there's a book that helps those discussions along.
Mapping the World of Harry Potter is an anthology of essays from fantasy and science fiction authors that explore different facets of the Harry Potter series. Garfinkle's essay is a very well-crafted hypothesis of what would happen if Harry failed and Hermione stepped up to defeat Voldemort, which is perhaps too dark and convoluted for the target audience of the Harry Potter books, but is beautiful and terrible to behold.
There are fourteen essays in all, touching on many characters and aspects of the wizarding world, and an introduction by Mercedes Lackey. There's something for all kinds of Harry Potter fans in this diverse compilation, and it definitely gives you more to think about when re-reading the series.
Mapping the World of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Bestselling Fantasy Series of All Time, edited by Mercedes Lackey Complete through book six, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," this collection of essays takes a look at why and how the Harry Potter series appeals or angers people. Matthews -Harry Potter as Schooldays Novel, by James Gunn -Harry Potter and the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Counselor, by Mercedes Lackey -The Proper Wizard's Guide to Good Manners, by Roxanne Longstreet Conrad -Why Killing Harry Is the Worst Outcome for Voldemort, by Richard Garfinkle While "Mapping Harry Potter" was written before the publication of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the essays are still worthwhile reading. "The Proper Wizard's Guide to Good Manners" was my least favorite; I don't really see it as an essay but more fiction, and was a bit baffled while reading it.
Still relevant to read after the Harry Potter finale - but I wouldn't recommend it before finishing The Half-Blood Prince if you are concerned about major spoilers.
I think the fact that many of the pieces were in personal essay form (and not academic) made it seem like I was reading the essays or theory boards on a Harry Potter fan site, when I would have preferred a well-constructed and researched article.
I liked the first essay, "Harry Potter and the Young Man's Mistake" by Daniel P. Where Harry Potter for Nerds took a Christian perspective, this book does not; two essays might even be called anti-religion (or at least anti-fundamentalist).
In some sense, a book like this defies a proper reviewyou either agree with the literary criticism, or you don'tbut to the extent that I am able to elaborate thereupon, Mapping the World of Harry Potter has to be judged a success.
In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music. When I write the 'folk music' of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not. I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a 'high-tech' science fiction writer. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians.