TLC Interview: The Wisdom of Harry Potter Author Edmund Kern

Aug 12, 2004

Posted by: Melissa Anelli | Comments


wisharrysmall.jpgTLC is proud to present our interview with Edmund Kern, author of The Wisdom of Harry Potter: What our favorite hero teaches us about moral choices.

Edmund Kern is n Associate Professor of History at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He’s also one of the critical Harry Potter thinkers that got Ben Mcintyre of the Times of London a little perturbed right after French intellectuals starting debating the series in Le Monde.

In his book he argues that Harry displays characteristics of a modern-day Stoic: one who values “constancy, endurance, perseverance, self-discipline, reason, solidarity, empathy, and sacrifice.”

We found that the book traced an outline of Harry’s moral path, and gives us a sharper image of the choices Harry would find acceptable and unthinkable, and therefore some hints about what may be in the cards for our hero.

Click here to read the full interview, and enjoy!

Finding Hogwarts

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.