Harry Potter and the mystery of an academic obsession | Books | The Observer


Author with a passing understanding of the Harry Potter saga attends an “academic” convention on the topic. Sort of Hogwarts meets Las Vegas. (Geeky guys would do well to note that this is where all the nerdy chicks can be found.)

Snape, who’s been the baddie through six books, is almost universally adored, something which puzzles me until Debbie McLain, a volunteer and ‘stay-athome mum’ who’s the main organiser of Lumos, explains it to me by saying that ‘a lot of women are drawn to the characters who they hope may experience redemption’. Oh yes, I think, JK Rowling and the Complex Trope of Female Delusion.

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