Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Harry Potter Question and Answer Forum

I'm coming to the end of teaching my online workshop, A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter, and as always when I'm wrapping things up, I discover how much I've learned by teaching.  Throughout the multiple times I've presented this workshop, the content has grown and deepened as people ask questions that I've not covered.  Together, we look for the answers.  This new material is then included next time I teach.

It's always amazing to me how we all approach the same material from different perspectives.  And out of this rich difference will come a variety of interests and questions we seek to explore.  As many of you know, I love to delve into the subtext, especially the mythological references.  But others are more intrigued with exploring how Rowling used archetypes or built relationships between characters or crafted unique words or a multitude of other aspects, some that I'd not thought enough about to even question.

So, I thought it might be interesting, at least for me, to open up a forum on this blog where you can ask questions...any question you want about the series...and I (and anyone else who wants to join in) will attempt to find the answers.  In this way, the content of this blog can be shaped by more than just my limited area of interest and expertise.

Questions can be about anything within the Potter series, especially JK Rowling's craft in creating the books, the myths and literary references she employs, her writing process, questions about her career, or really anything else you can think of.  I'll do my best to research and find the answers.  Those that can be answered in a paragraph or two will be posted in the comment trail, but if one is really meaty, we'll make a blog post out of it.

So, please, anything you want to ask, just post it below.

Also, tomorrow I am very fortunate to welcome the awesome blogger and writer Jami Gold here as a guest blogger.  She'll be discussing some of the disappointment fans have faced with Pottermore and what writers can learn from this.  Please be sure to come and join in the wonderful insight and discussion Jami is always known for!

Now, someone get us started -- what have you always wondered about the Harry Potter books and never quite understood?  What aspect of Rowling's technique has you most curious and would like to have explored?  Post your questions below!