Lesson 23: 'There and Back Again: Chiasmus, Alchemy, and Ring Composition in Harry Potter'
Way, way back in 2003 at the publication of Order of the Phoenix, Brett Kendall of Fordham University argued that the series structure for the Hogwarts Saga was a chiasmus or ring scaffolding. John Granger, the Hogwarts Professor and our friend here at MuggleNet Academia has argued since 2011 that the series is indeed a ring composition and that each book of the series is as well. Tonight John has invited several correspondents of his that have taken this idea in various directions to join us for a discussion of what chiasmus is, why Harry Potter fans should care, and the effect of this artistry on readers of The Boy Who Lived's adventures as well as in other stories told this way. Can you say "C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien's Middle Earth stories"? Join our panel of serious readers at the bar and let Aberforth bring you a cold brew for a hot discussion!