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On Tuesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed writer Ari Armstrong about “Values of Harry Potter.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 12 July 2011

In preparation for the release of the final Harry Potter movie, I interviewed Ari Armstrong about the values – moral, psychological, and political – of J. K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter novels. (Beware: The interview contains some major spoilers, so don’t listen to it unless you’ve read all the books.)

Ari Armstrong is the author of the excellent (and recently expanded) book Values of Harry Potter.

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  • How good can we expect the final movie to be, given the franchise’s history?
  • Why do so many people love Harry Potter?
  • What are the basic values promoted by the novels?
  • Are the Potter books religious?
  • What are the psychological themes of the Potter books?
  • What are the political themes?
  • What character do you most identify with? Why?
  • What characters do you most admire? Why?
  • What scene from the books most captures your imagination? Why?
  • What do you say to someone reluctant to read the books?


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