Tomorrow (October 1) marks the official publication of my book, Values of Harry Potter: Lessons for Muggles.
To celebrate the occasion, I’ve released a new essay titled “J. K. Rowling’s Magical World of Values,” which briefly contrasts the magic of Rowling with that of fantasy writers J. R. R. Tolkien and Lloyd Alexander. In Rowling, the heroes move into the magical world and remain there. In Tolkien and Alexander, the magic fades at the end of the stories. What is the thematic significance of this? Read the essay.