Table of contents for The wisdom of Harry Potter : what our favorite hero teaches us about moral choices / Edmund M. Kern.


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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                                             281





Library 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