[1] J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (New York: Scholastics Press. First American edition. 1998) p. 67

[2] I wish to thank my daughter Suhaila and her fifth grade class for discussions about Harry Potter and dedicate this paper to their teacher Michelle Kornreich who continues to teach them that critical thinking is immensely pleasurable. Thanks are also due to Nilim for showing me the “muggles” in our own neighborhood, to Sudesh Balan for help with the images, and to Mike Covell for reading the paper with his Harry Potter glasses on.

[3] Todd McCarthy. “Wizard of Awes will Conjure Gigantic B.B.” Variety, November 12-18, 2001. p. 27.

[4] Fredrick Wasser. Veni, Vidi, Video (Austin, TX: University of Texas, Austin Press. 1998) p. 168

[5] Justin Wyatt. High Concept: Movies and Marketing in Hollywood (Austin, TX: University of Texas, Austin Press. 1994)

[6] Janet Wasko. “The Magical-Market of Disney.” Monthly Review. Vol 52, No 11. pp. 56-71.

[7] Janet Staiger. “The Package-Unit System: Unit Management after 1955.” David Bordwell, Janet Staiger and Kirsten Thompson (eds.) The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (New York: Columbia University Press. 1985)

[8] Dan Ackman, “Harry Potter is a Fraud,”

[9]“Harry Potter and the Wacky Web,” ZDNET News, July 6, 2000, 5 PM PT.

[10] Fredrick Wasser. Veni Vidi Video. (Austin, TX: University of Texas, Austin Press. 1998)

[11] Naomi Klein. No Logo (Toronto, Canada: Vintage. 2000)

[12] A Google search with “HarryPotter/” turns up adult fan sites interpreting Harry Potter as a gay icon.

[13] Fredric Jameson. The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. 1981)

[14] See <web.ukonline.co.uk/bringers/

[15] An excellent article by Mutch Albom, Jewish World Review, March 5, 2001/10 Adar, 5761. Available on

[16] See this fan site at http://www.geocities.com/

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