A practice that is most often taught to college students pursuing their English Major, close reading is the exceedingly enjoyable activity of sitting with a passage of text, (or a sequence of passages), and pulling out the implications that are derived from a reader's subsequent mental work.
In this sub section of the MuggleNet Quibbler, you can check out all of our quibble-essays that can be considered close-reads. Whether you agree with them or not, the writers of the pieces below have worked hard, striven to back up their theories and interpretations with real text evidence. They are finding meanings in the Harry Potter book series - both the kinds that are indisputable and kinds that were not expressly written. The close-reader, whoever he or she is, sees no distinction.
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October 1999 - J.K. Rowling begins a 3-week book tour of the United States where she promotes Prisoner of Azkaban and meets with fans. Each tour stop is packed with attendees, and the first sign of a huge upcoming fandom appears.