Back in 2010 (when I should have been working on my dissertation), I wrote a three-part article on the controversy over Harry Potter in Christian circles for my children’s books blog (which is now effectively defunct, though I’ve left it online here).
Recently, there has been a revival of interest in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels in the media (see, for example, this article in Forbes) owing in part to the fact that September 1, 2017, apparently marks the date of the Epilogue (titled “Nineteen Years Later”) of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and roughly 20 years since the publication of the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
As part this revival of interest, the article I wrote back in 2010 has recently received some favorable attention. In particular, the Intellectual Freedom Blog associated with The Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association mentioned the article in a post revisiting the religious controversy over the Potter books. This is hardly fame and fortune, but I thought it was worth celebrating with a blog post. Nice to get some unexpected favorable attention in the blogosphere. My original article series on Harry Potter starts here, if you are interested.