'Can Harry Potter be compared to the Comic Book Superhero?'
Prof Chris Gavaler is an accomplished novelist, short story writer, and playwright, not to mention teacher of English and Creative Writing at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on the magic of comic books, especially of the super hero variety, which brings us to the subject of our show today. Prof Gavaler recently posted a provocative piece on his weblog, The Patron Saint of Super Heroes, about the Hogwarts Saga. In ‘Is Harry Potter a Super Hero?’ he both answers that question “you bet he is” and explains why those who think he isn’t don’t understand Harry or Super Heroes. In this MuggleNet Academia discussion, Keith, John, and student guest Cory talk with Prof Gavaler about Harry Potter and Clark Kent, about the Ku Klux Klan and Batman’s origin (and the Klan as the first real life Fandom!), what Harry and Captain Marvel have in common, and, yes, Voldemort and the greatest comic book bad guy of the Golden Age, Adolph Hitler. Stand by for a look at Harry Potter through the magical, super-powered eyeglasses of Chris Galaver; you may never think of The Boy Who Lived the same way again.
When Arthur Weasley takes Harry and his pals to the Ministry of Magic they must first dial a secret code into a telephone keypad. He enters the number 62442. The letters underneath those numbers on a standard mobile phone spell out the word "magic".