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22 November 2006 @ 02:18
Here you can introduce yourself (completely voluntary), ask questions, or just chat about topics not directly related to the book chapters.
22 November 2006 @ 02:14
As we have attracted a few members and followers, it might be useful to explain a bit how this present reading and commenting project works in practice.

The basic idea is simple: we are reading the Harry Potter books chapter by chapter, and then write our comments about the chapters, and then discuss the comments together. We are trying to set some deadlines for each chapter, shown at the top of the sidebar, but they have not been very strictly enforced so far. We hope to be able to complete the whole project before the Book 7 comes out :)

To keep the area organised, the posting of new entries is restricted to administrators (pan_alchemist and janus_incantus). However, commenting is free to all, so everybody is welcome to participate, either in the whole systematic reading project or just commenting our comments. By looking at the comments for the first few chapters, you should be able to figure out quite easily how it goes. Lurking is also perfectly fine.

I'm going to make another post for introductions and general chat in a few minutes, so you are welcome to let your consciousness flow there freely. There may be other 'general' category posts, polls and such a bit later.

We are still working on the finalisation and fine-tuning the layout and page structure, but there should be some sort of sidebar shortcuts, tables of contents etc. in place shortly.

Nice to see you all here!
12 November 2006 @ 23:09
Nocturnal comments on chapter 5 are to be posted diagonally here.
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12 November 2006 @ 17:52
Comments for Chapter 4.

Post away!
Just posting this to give an idea for a visitor that may accidentally land here... A better introduction is under preparation.

The firts project in this community by pan_alchemist and janus_incantus is called A Complete Reread - Interpretations beyond Obsession. It is a carefully balanced, well thought out approach to analysing the Harry Potter series now that over a year has passed since the publication of the Half Blood Prince. We shall be reading the books, chapter by chapter, according to a preset weekly schedule, from The Boy Who Lived to The White Tomb, and then posting our rigorous analysis.

You are welcome to join the discussion by commenting entries.
07 October 2006 @ 08:13
Here’s some information on where I’m coming from with this re-read. Kind of position statement at the beginning. My views may drastically change during and as a result of this project.

As I’m a late convert to Potterism (it happened Christmas 2004), I’ve read only read most of the books twice. Therefore, there are certainly going to be many things I’ve previously missed or misinterpreted. However, I’ve read a lot of analysis by other people in HP-related discussion fora, so I do possess some preconceptions.

First of all, I think the influence of the third person limited omniscient narrator – aka ‘Harry Filter’ – is quite prominent. As a result, we see people and events coloured by Harry’s feelings. I should probably point out that this leads (among other things) to my assumption that Snape is firmly on the good side, and in reality much less nasty than he appears in the books. There are similar implications regarding other characters, but more on those with the commentary.

The Harry Filter issue also implies that the four chapters where the filter is absent, namely ‘The Boy who Lived’ (SS/PS Chapter 1), ‘The Riddle House’ (GoF Chapter 1), ‘The Other Minister’ (HBP Chapter 1) and ‘Spinner’s End’ (HBP Chapter 2), are of particular interest.

Another line of investigation is looking at the less analysed characters as potential informats, such as Hagrid and McGonagall.
14 October 2006 @ 01:10
Comments on Chapter 3 of Philosopher's Stone are here.
14 October 2006 @ 01:02
Here is the place for comments on Chapter 2 of Philosopher's Stone.
08 October 2006 @ 18:01
This post covers the analysis of the first chapter of the Philosopher's Stone.