Expert available for comment on Potter finale
With the imminent release of the final film in the Harry Potter series, University of Newcastle academic Dr Caroline Webb can offer insight into why the series has been so popular.
Dr Caroline Webb is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle Central Coast campus and is an internationally acclaimed researcher of fantasy fiction.
In 2008, she published a paper in the journal Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, Abandoned Boys and Pampered Princes: Fantasy as the Journey to Reality in the Harry Potter Sequence, which discussed the fantasy series and how its style matured with the reader, helping to prepare them for the realities and moral questions of adolescence.
Dr Webb has recently returned from the Children’s Literature Association Conference in the United States where she spoke about how the series departs from the heroic fantasy model in the final novels.
The final film adaptation of the seventh novel in the series, written by J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, will screen in cinemas worldwide from 12.01am on Wednesday 13 July 2011.
For interviews with Dr Webb please contact University of Newcastle Media and PR Officer Leonie Brann on 02 4921 6856 or 0448 898 813.