Harry Potter playmobileHaughty academics, Harry Potter fans, and even the odd Harry Potteractor are together this weekend in Salem, Massachusetts for a five day "serious-minded symposium on all things Potter" called Witching Hour. Though the event is not sanctioned by either JK Rowling or Warner Brothers, the symposium features lectures on topics ranging from "Christianity and Harry Potter" to "Bucolic Bullionism: Economics in the Wizarding World." The event has drawn praise for its seamless combination of the academic and fan worlds; indeed, many of the presenters here are college professors who use Harry Potter in their classrooms.

One literature professor even suggested that Rowling is the Nathaniel Hawthone of the 21st century. After all, he said "Hawthorne's books were potboilers in their time and became part of the literary establishment...No one knows if the Harry Potter books will be part of the literary curriculum 100 years from now, but it's quite possible." Now, I don't want to talk out of turn here, but I feel confident already that the symbolism in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is more subtle than that found in The Scarlet Letter. I mean, Arthur Dimsdale, for God's sake? Come on.
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