Transmedia Harry Potter

Essays on Storytelling Across Platforms


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About the Book

Transmediation—the telling of a single story across multiple media—is a relatively new phenomenon. While there have been adaptations (books to films, for example) for more than a century, modern technology and media consumption have expanded the scope of trans-mediating practices. Nowhere are these more evident than within the Harry Potter universe, where a coherent world and narrative are iterated across books, films, video games, fan fiction, art, music and more. Curated by a leading Harry Potter scholar, this collection of new essays explores the range of Potter texts across a variety of media.

About the Author(s)

Christopher E. Bell is an associate professor of media studies in the department of communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, specializing in the study of the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of children’s media. He is a TED speaker, a diversity and inclusiveness consultant for Pixar Animation Studios, a 2017 David Letterman Award winning media scholar and the 2017 Denver Comic Con Popular Culture Educator of the Year.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Christopher E. Bell

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7354-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3702-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction (Christopher E. Bell) 1
Representations of Journalism in the Potterverse (Gabriela Gruszynski Sanseverino and Ana Gruszynski) 7
Supplement or Supplant? How Fan Editors Contribute to Fictional Universes (Brian Bernard and Kimberly D. Martinez) 30
Harry Potter and the Development of Narrative and Media Literacies (Alison Halsall) 48
Harry Potter and the Transmediality of Artistic Expression (Caitlyn Boyle) 62
Harry Potter Fandom and Narratives of Inequality in the United States Presidential Election of 2016 (Sergey Medvedev and Elena Pronkina) 72
The Magic of Translation: An Analysis of the Brazilian Portuguese Version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Bárbara Cardoso de Souza) 88
Transmediated Weasleys: A Tale of Two Ginnys (Christopher E. Bell and Celina Smith) 105
Performing Memories Through Fandom Talk: What a Focus Group Interview Reveals About Growing Up with Harry Potter (Bronwyn E. Beatty) 118
Magical and Mundane Narrative Devices (Jørgen Riber Christensen and Thessa Jensen) 135
The Magic of Harry Potter for Children in Care (Sarah Jayne Mokrzycki) 154
House-Elves in Harlem: Stereotyping the Other in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Kris Swank) 166
Harry Potter, the Boy with Many Faces: The Illustrated Harry Potter Books in Transmedia Motion (Sarah Mygind) 181
About the Contributors 199
Index 203