I’m delighted to announce that Ari Armstrong’s book Values of Harry Potter is now available for purchase. I read an advance copy of the book last month. I loved it. Here’s my official endorsement of it.
I’ve read all the Harry Potter novels multiple times, discussed them at length with friends, read essays analyzing them, and even published an essay of my own. Yet Ari Armstrong’s Values of Harry Potter offered me a delightful array of fresh insights into J. K. Rowling’s works. It offers fans of Harry Potter a unique opportunity to explore the core values of the novels, to discover why we find them so captivating and so inspiring. Readers will develop a deeper appreciation for Rowling’s achievement in portraying life-loving, courageous heroes. They will discover compelling answers to any half-formed questions and doubts about the significance of her Christian themes. When I re-read the Harry Potter series — as I’m eager to do again — I will gain far more insight and inspiration from them than ever before, thanks to Values of Harry Potter.
For a bit of a taste of the actual item, Ari has posted a PDF with extracts of the book on his web site.
I recommend the book to all fans of Harry Potter, but particularly to people interested in Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. You’ll find much of interest in it — much that you didn’t notice on a first or second or third reading of the books. So go order your copy now!