Is Harry Potter a classic? A mere turn-of-the-century fad? Will it sink into oblivion or continue to capture the imagination of children and adults throughout the world?
Vera Lee answers these questions on a positive note in On the Trail of Harry Potter, her clear and cogent study of J. K. Rowling’s tale of magic and adventure. Through a careful analysis of character development and interaction, plotting, timing, humor and style, Lee demonstrates how Rowling produced a page-turner capable of enchanting generations of readers of all ages. As she puts it:
“In creating Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling has conjured up a wide variety of ingredients, some familiar, others new and exotic, and distilled them lovingly in her own distinctive cauldron. With a wand fashioned of experience, imagination and taste, she transformed her concoction into a classic.”
On the Trail of Harry Potter is the first book-length work to examine all seven volumes of the story from a literary perspective. Beyond the cycle itself, it also includes Rowling’s post-Potter publications and compares the Harry Potter books with the films based on them.
According to René Galand, Professor Emeritus of Wellesley
College, "This book brings to light all the elements which
make its reading a valid and valuable literary experience...
it is a remarkable achievement."