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Fundamentalist religious criticism of the Harry Potter novels in the mirror of time. It may be laughed!

The increasing success of the first Harry Potter novels, especially in the USA, but also in the Vatican, brought religious critics onto the scene at the time, who denounced Rowling’s works as the work of the devil and seriously cared for the salvation of their souls, especially their young sheep. Title variants such as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and satirical fake news avant la lettre contributed to the uncritical spreading of Satanism accusations on the net and to a storm of indignation among fundamentalists.

Isolated voices of reason, which spoke for Harry Potter and referred to the Christian symbolism contained therein as well as the literary tradition of the depiction of the miraculous from Hansel and Gretel to Alice in Wonderland, largely went unheard – at least in certain circles. To this day, this fundamentalist critique of Rowling’s novels circulates on the Net, even though the Bible quotations and the plot of the last volume have taken some wind out of the sails of the more serious religious critics.

The lecture presents the most entertaining critiques and questions their content with a wink of the eye. Attention: Some of the quoted passages are not youth-free!

Lecturer: Anja Stürzer
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
Anja Stürzer, born 1965, studied English and Italian Literary Studies in Hamburg and Constance and worked as a journalist, editor and film critic. She held Shakespeare seminars and interfered with essays on The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter in the controversial debate on the literary value of both works.

Today she is an author and works scientifically on the subject of fantasy. Her non-fiction book Shakespeare was published in 2008. Introduction, 2010 the Mary Shelley portrait "Frankenstein" in the anthology "Die Fantastischen 6". Her children's book "Somniavero - ein Zukunftsroman" (Somniavero - a novel about the future) was awarded the Nachwuchspreis 2012 of the Deutsche Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur (German Academy for Children's and Youth Literature) and included in the White Ravens List 2012 of the International Youth Library.

She regularly publishes short stories in the series "Phantastische Miniaturen" and lives with her husband and two children, dogs, cats and rabbits in an ecological house with a natural garden on the outskirts of Hamburg.

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