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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 11 PREFACE 13 1. IMAGINATIVELY UPDATING AN OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUE 17 A Welcome Surprise and a Perilous Burden | 17 Popularity and Criticism | 21 What the Books Have to Offer | 24 Imagination at Play 26 Imagination at Work | 32 The Kids in Your Life | 40 2. PLOT THREADS AND MORAL FIBERS 45 Little Whinging | 45 The Sorcerer's Stone | 49 Flight from Death | 53 The Chamber of Secrets | 56 House-Elves and Mudbloods | 61 The Prisoner of Azkaban | 63 A Law unto Himself | 71 The Goblet of Fire | 75 That's Not How It's Supposed to Work | 86 3. HARRY POTTER'S MORALITY ON DISPLAY: A PRIMER ON STOIC VIRTUE 89 Frustration | 89 Ambiguity | 93 Hard Questions and Adult Mentoring | 102 Constancy in the Face of Evil, and Other Virtues | 106 Growing Up, Growing Pains | 119 4. GREED, CONVENTIONAITY, DEMONIC THREAT 129 Kids among the Critics | 129 A Culture of Consumerism | 138 Familiar (and Unexamined) Assumptions | 147 The Big Deal about Witchcraft | 158 Pluralism | 175 5. IMAGINATION, HISTORY, LEGEND, AND MYTH 179 The Familiar and the Fantastic | 179 The Uses of History, Legend, and Myth | 190 Social Realism | 208 The Problem of Evil | 212 Stoicism and Religion | 219 Being Enchanted | 222 AFTERWORD: HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 229 NOTEs 247 BIBLIOGRAPHY 269 INDEX 281Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Rowling, J, K, Ethics, Didactic fiction, English History and criticism, Children's stories, English History and criticism, Fantasy fiction, English History and criticism, Rowling, J, K, Characters Harry Potter, Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)Ethics in literature