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The Snitch, the Stone, and the Sword

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12:45 PM, Sunday 13 Oct 2019 EDT (1 hour)
Seaport World Trade Center - Waterfront Ballroom
Examine the Canon
Harry Potter experiences some of his most significant transformations in the series’ first book, whose original title refers to the result of a process of transformation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We'll explore the ways in which Harry undergoes literal and symbolic transformations and is also a catalyst for change (a human "philosopher’s stone"), how Quidditch is symbolic alchemy, how Harry being a symbolic Snitch and literal Horcrux makes Horcrux-hunting symbolic Quidditch, and the paradox of Harry being both a Horcrux and the ultimate Horcrux-destruction machine: a human Sword of Gryffindor.

B.L. Purdom


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