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Chiastic structure in Harry Potter

August 1, 2007

Acording to some, for example Merlin over at Muggle Matters and Pastor Joe Thacker, there is a certain Chiastic structure in the Harry Potter books, which uses the structure; abcdcba. John Granger explains this like this:

In brief, it is the idea that the novels are something of a circle or loop in which books 1 and 7, 2 and 6, and 3 and 5 are each a paired set and book 4 the “turning point” with elements of the three sets.

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Some thoughts on Hell and Harry Potter

July 27, 2007

Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This is based on some comments I made in the combox for this post over at Sword of Gryffindor. Read more…

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…”

July 24, 2007

One of the most interesting parts of Deathly Hallows, was Harry’s and Tom’s “chat” before their final duel. Harry says that he knows magic, and has a weapon, that Tom doesn’t. Tom’s emotional retort clearly shows his lack of wisdom: Read more…


July 20, 2007

I have not posted much, but I want to ask a question regarding Neville. What will his role be in Deathly Hallows? I am one of those people loving tha chiastic structure theory, in which book 1 and 7, 2 and 6 and 3 and 5 are pairs, while book 4 is the turning point, containing elements from all. We clearly find similarities between 3 and 5, both being kind of inward and depressing, fleshed out in book five, Harry´s “Dark Night of the Soul.” Books 2 and 6 both have the concept of the Horcrux, but fleshed out in book 6.

So, if book 1 and 7 are similar, could it be that Neville´s bravery will mirror his bravery in book one, where he earned Gryffindor the House cup? Can he be the one that turns it around in the war?

Some thoughts on the Horcruxes

June 19, 2007

In the 23rd chapter of Half-Blood Prince, we learn about it from Slughorn (in Dumbledore’s pensieve):

“A Horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul.” (…) “Well, you split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one’s body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot die, for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged. But of course, existence in such a form… few would want it, Tom, very few. Death would be preferable.” (…) “Well, ou must understand that the soul is supposed to remain intact and whole. Splitting it is an act of violation, it is against nature.” “[You can do it by] an act of evil — the supreme act of evil. By committing murder. Killing rips the soul apart…”[1]

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The will to power

May 11, 2007

Lately I have been thinking about the link between Voldemort and Nietzsche and his idea of the “will to power.” When Harry met the real Quirrel, the professor confesses that he used to be “full of ridiculous ideas”: Read more…

Harry Potter and Gnosticism

March 24, 2007

Michael O’ Brien, one of the most quoted Christian critics of the Harry Potter books, often criticizes the books of being to “gnostic.” In an interview with Catholic News Service Zenit, he said: Read more…