Brian Attebery

Burning Harry Potter, and Other Ways of Misreading Fantasy

What is fantasy literature about and why is it a major misreading to burn copies of Harry Potter? This presentation looks at the way fantasy draws on traditions of myth and magic to create modern metaphors. Brian Attebery, author of two books on fantasy, discusses some of the reasons fantasy appeals to many children and increasing numbers of adults, and some of the reasons a few people are puzzled or disturbed by it.