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  1. J.K. Rowling: The clat of a great achievement.

    Her sister Dianne, who also had a nickname, Di, was born when Rowling was almost two years old. Rowling refers to her sister's birth as her "earliest datable memory". As children Rowling and her sister would constantly fight and Rowling refers to their animosity as that of a "cat and dog". However the two were each other's playmates and Rowling continued to display her early imagination through the various interesting games she was apt to create for their enjoyment; "I told her a lot of stories [...] often the stories became games." Their stay at Chipping Sodbury was not long.

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  2. Consider the representation of gender roles in Rowling's text. Harry Potter is the hero of children's literature across the world.

    This series of children's books has reignited kids' desire to read and while doing so entertained numerous adults. Harry like Rowling had had a struggle in life from Harry losing his parents and being brought up by his aunt and uncle, who took an instant dislike to him and shoved him under the stairs, to Rowling with her life portraying a similarity to a Cinderella rags to riches story. JK Rowling had a universitiy education and taught English abroad. She was a single parent portrayed as a scrounger and a problem in society. Harry is perceived as a 'freak' by his stepfamily but as something magical by his friends and teachers.

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  3. In J.K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, this world of torture and adventure is present.

    Seuss. Another words J.K Rowling is viewed as an excellent imaginative author since Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. Potter books transcend fantasy. Others would strongly disagree, "some claim the Potter books lure children into witchcraft." (In defense of Harry Potter, pg. 2) Grownups are buying books to read to children, but they are also reading the books themselves, which in return leads to "the infantilization of adult culture, the loss of a sense of what a classic really is." (Besotted with Potter, pg.1) Everyone young and old in one way or another longs for magic. In an article by John Monk In defense of Harry Potter, such books reflect "human experience and imagination".

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  4. To what extent does children's literature reflect messages from the wider culture? How are these messages transmitted?

    Philippe Ari�s's Centuries of Childhood claims that before the early modern era "the idea of childhood did not exist". Before this time children were treated as miniature adults, they drank wine and beer like adults, gambled for money at cards and enjoyed similar pastimes. Status, according to Ivan Illich was determined by class rather than age4. It seems then that childhood was a socially created phenomenon, which was a "gradual process with faint beginnings in the thirteenth century but not fully accomplished until the seventeenth century or later"5. Obviously the creation of a literature for children coincided with the idea of childhood.

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  5. Generalizations about Children's Books & Children's Reading.

    In this world there are generalizations that are absolutely false. They are tales and legends made up by people who witness one or two occurrences, and then decide that it is an absolute, universal truth. Generalizations, such as the shop-aholic woman, the road-raging man and the doughnut-eating police officer, are a few, of many, of our society's generalizations. Can we really disqualify a children's book merely because the language appears silly and the pictures and content are fantastic? Adults cannot and should not discount children's books as being ridiculous when there are a large amount of adult books that are fantastic and silly, even more so than children's books.

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  6. One of the primary reasons why children should not read Harry Potter books is the fact that the Christian denominations do not accept any relations dealing with witchcraft or wizardry.

    Last, in the Harry Potter books, the explicit details with which the white and dark arts are performed imply that witchcraft and wizardry are the "cool" things for children to do these days. One of the primary reasons why children should not read Harry Potter books is the fact that the Christian denominations do not accept any relations dealing with witchcraft or wizardry. Moreover, throughout the Potter series, there is a great amount of allusion towards the supernatural world, and Richard Banes, the author of Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick points out that: Rowling's characters are constantly communicating with the spirit realm via ghosts, magical creatures, and enchanted objects (books, mirrors, etc.).

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    The actors are not allowed reflection or eloquence on their mistakes, it helps the audience to accept and appreciate the true meanings of the play. This climatic piece of writing clearly shows us that not all children are as sweet and innocent as their biased parents may think. The children find death and destruction intriguing, and Dennis Potter emphasises this. He has encrusted the play with examples such as fires, violence, and the instinct to bully and harm. Potter portrays an image of Donald before we have seen his physical form.

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  8. Children's books

    For them, their readings must attract their attention with multicolored images and even audio sounds. Winners never Quit (2004) is a great book for these kids who always are filled with energy. The author, Mia Hamm, is a famous athletic herself. She used some easy wording and nice picture to describe her story when she was young. For the young children, they will treat Mia as an idol. The rich pictures and the interesting contexts will make the younger kids to stay with the books. Since they started to have interested toward the reading, parents can keep introduce more books to them and read with them.

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  9. J.K. Rowling's fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry - review.

    His entire family has red hair. Hermione Granger is another one of Harry's good friends. She is a very clever witch even though she comes from a muggle family. A muggle is a person that does not have any magical power in them like Hermione's parents. Albus Dumbledore is the old and wise Headmaster of Hogwarts and is the only wizard that Lord Voldemort fears. Lord Voldemort is the most powerful, dark wizard of all time and the whole wizarding world fears him greatly. Harry has begun to have very strange dreams about being inside the body or the object that Voldemort is possessing at that time.

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  10. Exploring the role of the Forest of Dean in Dennis Potters works.

    As Potter often does this, I think this is relevant to his writing. The first book to look at is, most obviously, "Blue Remembered Hills". In this piece, he sets his characters in the Forest of Dean. As the characters in Blue Remembered Hills are children, Potter uses its magnitude and beauty to dwarf the children. As he is a T.V. writer, he is allowed to use such an enormous set, as on stage, it could not be done. The majority of the play is set in the forest and you could say that the trees are huge props for the children to play amongst.

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  11. Mystery and Suspense In the Harry Potter Novels.

    Yet it exists so close to the every day world that the "muggles" live in. A world where things are just like they are in our world. Using pounds and pence for money, using clocks with numbers and going to schools that teach math, not divination. Harry spends the holidays with his aunt, uncle and cousin, Petunia, Vernon and Dudley Dursley, but during the school year he stays in an enchanted castle supervised by witches and wizards. At the beginning of each term Harry takes the "Hogwarts Express" from platform "nine and three-quarters" to get to his school, "Hogwarts".

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  12. 'Will the real Harry Potter please stand up...'

    Shut your eyes and picture Harry Potter. What do you see? I would put money on it that many of you thought of Daniel Radcliff, the boy made famous for playing Harry Potter. However, I would think of someone very different. I along with many other people would imagine our own Harry Potter, an image that we have made in our minds. A unique picture that could never be altered, no matter how many times that we were convinced that Radcliff was the real Harry Potter.

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  13. How Successful Was the Marketing Campaign of Harry Potter and the Philosphers Stone?

    The handful of people who had the privilege of seeing the film ahead of its premi�re reported, that the director had stayed true to the book and fans would not be disappointed. This is just a quick overview of the marketing campaign of Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone. The marketing campaign took a typically diverse approach being a part of every medium. The main promotion deal of Harry Potter was with Coca-Cola. However there have been posters, interviews, web sites, computer games and various merchandising.

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  14. The “Dangers” of Fantasy “Harry Potter

    Can the children handle the violence, death or villains? Instead of denying the kids wholesome entertainment that has a little bit of an edge, we should use these avenues of expression to teach them a little bit about real life. Maybe the easiest and most obvious thing to teach your children is the difference between fact and fiction. For the five or six year-old this might be confusing, but once they get any older, I'm sure they could figure it out.

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