Yesterday, I sat down with Ari Armstrong to discuss the Harry Potter novels, given that the final movie will be released this week. As you might already know, Ari is the author of the excellent (and recently expanded) book Values of Harry Potter.
Here are the questions that we discussed:
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?
Then, on a more personal note:
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?
Beware: The interview contains some major spoilers, so don’t listen to it unless you’ve read all the books.
I’ve added some bonus footage to my interview with Stephen Bailey. Stephen Bailey, as you might recall, is the Republican candidate for US House of Representatives for Colorado’s Second District. He’s also the only political candidate I’ve ever been able to support, wholeheartedly and without reservation.
You can find the full set of videos — as well as the audio-only podcast of the main interview — via this page.
For more information about Stephen Bailey or to contribute to his campaign, visit his web site: www.StephenBaileyForCongress.com. And if you like the videos, please share them on Facebook, like them, tweet them, e-mail them, etc!
Posted by Diana Hsieh on 14 October 2010 at 7:00 amNo Responses »
On September 23rd, I interviewed Stephen Bailey — Republican candidate for US House of Representatives for Colorado’s Second District — about his principles and prospects. I posted the video of the interview earlier this week, but here’s the audio-only podcast for those who prefer to just listen.