yotg discussion (spoilers)
otheng at kinghenry8.coventry.sch.uk
Wed Dec 13 07:07:21 EST 2000
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From: <kylie.preisig at police.wa.gov.au>
> I liked the whole university setting. Uni days were great for me and I
> thought DWJ caputured the whole thing really well. The group of close
> friends, the dining hall, the budding romances. Ah, happy memories...
> Of course, we didn't have large griffins or mobile coat-racks, but the
> essence was the same :)
> I did wonder though if DWJ did the Uni setting as some kind of answer to
> Harry Potter books? It the same kind of feel to it as Harry Potter, I
> thought. But with those delightful DWJ twists. Just recently read the
> latest Harry Potter book too, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I agree that there was a slightly Potterish feel to the whole thing at
times, especially with some of the professors, but the issues were rather
more serious - especially the nature of academic freedom and research, which
I thought she handled very well. The characters were interesting and
varied - but a hint of "Buffy" there too?
I loved the book, though, and am giving several away for Christmas!
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