The voting is over, and the results are in — and next month, we begin a new school year at Hogwarts!

Over eight hundred votes were cast over the last five days, and the results were close. Despite a last-minute rally from the fairy tales survey seminar, though, the Boy who Lived took an early lead and didn’t give it up. The final results were:

  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (JK Rowling): 30%
  • Fairy Tales Survey (Various): 24%
  • The Princess Bride (William Goldman): 17%
  • Watchmen (Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons): 8%
  • Daggerspell (Katherine Kerr): 7%
  • The Name Of The Rose (Umberto Eco): 7%
  • North And South (Elizabeth Gaskell): 7%

The first series of Dear Mr. Potter, in which we studied Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is available now on iTunes, on YouTube, or right here on the StoryWonk website, so you have a few weeks to catch up. I’ve scheduled the first session for Friday, August 26th; just like the first Dear Mr. Potter series, the seminar will consist of live lectures and discussions on YouTube. I’m going to run the sessions at various times, to allow as many people as possible to interact live, so stay tuned for more information!

  • August 26th: Chapters 1 to 3
  • September 2nd: Chapters 4 and 5
  • September 9th: Chapters 6 to 8
  • September 16th: Chapters 9 and 10
  • September 23rd: Chapters 11 and 12
  • September 30th: Chapters 13 and 14
  • October 7th: No session!
  • October 14th: Chapters 15 and 16
  • October 21st: Chapters 17 and 18
  • October 28th: The movie adaptation

Hope you’re looking forward to the discussion as much as I am! If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch at alastair@storywonk.com!