--Nothing every difficult is set into motion, with the triumph; and boys are better than girls,
middle classes are better than everyone else.
- ^WZv}uvµZZ,ÇW}}}l]ÀvÇ}uu}]Ç}vµu]}vZ at the
same time sets the parameters of reading and aesthetic taste. Today the experience of reading for
the young is mediated through the mass media and marketing so that the pleasure and meaning of a
book will often be prescripted or dictated by convention. What readers passionately devour and
enjoy may be, like many a Disney film or Barbie doll, a phenomenal experience and have personal
significance, but it is also induced experience calculated to conform to a cultural convention of
amusement and distra]}v_~]
--Pleasure... Is always written in the passive voice. Past of the late 21st century. Consumer
Structure: excursion Æ adventure Æ return
II: The Nobel Calling
--He has a destiny to save the world.
III: The Heroic Adventures
--Testing of the Hero stage.
IV. The Reluctant Return Home
--The main genre: romance fantasy, detective story (James Bond film): they come face to
face with the villain; exactly how his devious plan works; and what went wrong...
--Well plotted: Manipulating the reader.
-The relationship between the fantasy world and the ordinary, Muggle world: how is it like or unlike
the usual gateway fantasy?
--Much greater likeness between the muggle world and fantasy world (same teenage drama)
--Its not an escape from the fundamental tensions of the primary world
--Hogwarts is still school, ]v]}vUulo~P}v[ooÇ
--2 worlds intersect and overlap: wizards are wondering around the muggle world. Free
movement in the fantasy world and the ordinary world for the wizards.
-How is the Muggle world of Privet Drive depicted?
--World of the middle class materialism
--Seems kind-of cartoonish (liberalism)