Harry Potter and the Gargantuan Page Turner

Written by Paula Bardell

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Unsurprisingly, Phoenix, like earlier books inrepparttar series, has been subject to intense political and moral analysis. Since Harry Potter andrepparttar 125527 Philosopher’s Stone (the Sorceror’s Stone inrepparttar 125528 US), first tookrepparttar 125529 American reading-public by storm in 1997, there have been vicious attacks by Christian fundamentalists who believerepparttar 125530 series is cultivating a generation of “evil-doers”. Indeed,repparttar 125531 more extreme of these groups have accused Rowling of deliberately “spreading witchcraft”. Afterrepparttar 125532 release of book four,repparttar 125533 Minnesota Star Tribune reported that a New Mexico town had actually held a book burning, andrepparttar 125534 People Magazine informed its readers that parents acrossrepparttar 125535 country were seeking to banrepparttar 125536 book from their children's school libraries. Mercifully,repparttar 125537 vast majority of American families have taken Harry to their hearts and Phoenix has broken all US sales records, outselling evenrepparttar 125538 biography of former first lady, Hillary Clinton.

In a far more agnostically inclined Britain, critics have tended to complain that Potter and his palls are a tad too “Middle-England” for their liking. However, I can only surmise that there must be a distinct lack of humour amongst present-day literary commentators because Rowling is quite obviously being ironic when she writes ofrepparttar 125539 curtain-twitching residents of Privet Drive andrepparttar 125540 Minister of Magic in his pinstriped robes.

The Order ofrepparttar 125541 Phoenix is by farrepparttar 125542 most sophisticated and mature book ofrepparttar 125543 series so far; it is also a more confident work than its predecessors. Althoughrepparttar 125544 earlier books were far more comedy-driven, there are still many hilarious scenes in Phoenix that will amuse children and adults alike. The narrative moves at a cracking pace as Harry struggles to convincerepparttar 125545 wizard world that Voldemort has returned, andrepparttar 125546 book's prodigious size allows Rowling to weave in serious themes.

With two books to go, it remains to be seen which direction Rowling’s storytelling will take, but it seems likely thatrepparttar 125547 link between Harry and Voldemort will lead to ever more elaborate plot-twists and sensational revelations. Inrepparttar 125548 meantime, Pottermania will continue to inspire children acrossrepparttar 125549 globe to read – a truly magical achievement in itself.

Paula is a poet, essayist and short-story writer who has contributed features to numerous guidebooks, magazines and journals on the subjects of literature, travel, culture and history. She lives in North Wales (UK) and is currently the editor of two popular online guides.

How to sell yourself in an audition

Written by Ja-Naé Duane

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Before you walk out that door, ask yourself: Am I dressed for success? Would I hire a person that is dressed like me? Remember: Your first impression onrepparttar auditioners happens as you walk inrepparttar 125526 door…….so be smart about it!

How do I walk out of an audition?

Walk out ofrepparttar 125527 auditionrepparttar 125528 same way you walked in….with confidence and a smile. Even if it wasrepparttar 125529 worse audition that you have ever done, do not show it. Your audition ends when you are out ofrepparttar 125530 building you auditioned in and NO SOONER. If it was a bad audition or if you did not likerepparttar 125531 people who you auditioned for, it is better to keep it to yourself. You never know who might be watching you.

What can I learn from this audition?

I would have to sayrepparttar 125532 best thing that you can do for yourself duringrepparttar 125533 audition process is to form a healthy objective attitude. No matter if you getrepparttar 125534 audition or not, afterrepparttar 125535 audition is over, analyze it. Ask yourselfrepparttar 125536 following questions: •What could I have done better? No audition is perfect. It isrepparttar 125537 ability to learn from your experiences and other people’s experiences that will make every audition better thanrepparttar 125538 last. •Did I prepare myself well forrepparttar 125539 audition (we’ll get to preparation inrepparttar 125540 next installment)? •What did I learn from other people? You can learn a GREAT DEAL from observingrepparttar 125541 other auditionees. Things like: what to wear, what NOT to wear, what new repertoire you can use, how people prepare and conduct themselves right before they go intorepparttar 125542 audition, how people prepare and conduct themselves right after their audition…….there are a number of things that you can learn. •Am I willing to learn? This isrepparttar 125543 biggest of them all. If you are not willing to learn from your mistakes along with your successes, then honestly……you should get out ofrepparttar 125544 business. You are a product, which means you are constantly changing, particularly your marketable angle. If you’re not willing to do that, then you’re not willing to do what it takes to sell yourself to your potential buyers……the auditioners.

Now that you are have a good (or at least better) attitude aboutrepparttar 125545 audition process, it is time turn our attention to Step II: how to successfully prepare forrepparttar 125546 audition you are going into, which we will cover in our next installment of “How to sell yourself in an audition.”

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