The Magic of Impact As I write this letter, it has been just over 3 days since the seventh and last Harry Potter book was released and just over 2 days since I finished reading it. Obviously, I am a major fan(atic?) of the Harry Potter series. I have no qualms about sharing ... Editorial
Editorial  |   October 01, 2007
The Magic of Impact
 
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  • Kenn Apel, PhDEditor
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Editorial
Editorial   |   October 01, 2007
The Magic of Impact
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2007, Vol. 38, 295. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2007/031)
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2007, Vol. 38, 295. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2007/031)
As I write this letter, it has been just over 3 days since the seventh and last Harry Potter book was released and just over 2 days since I finished reading it. Obviously, I am a major fan(atic?) of the Harry Potter series. I have no qualms about sharing my fascination for Harry and friends with the readers of this journal or anyone who asks. How could anyone who loves and appreciates language like I do not appreciate J.K. Rowling’s books? In my opinion, Rowling has an incredible ability to take language, twist it around, perhaps cast a few spells on it, and create new words and phrases that are at once new and yet completely comprehensible. If one were working with school-age students to improve their ability to deconstruct words into their morphological roots and derivations (a skill we know to be important for reading and spelling), excerpts from Harry Potter surely would be an incredible source for practice. I must confess, though, my zeal for all things Potter is not just because of the wonderful language that is used to paint vivid pictures. Rowling’s books also have provided me with an additional area of interest I share with my college-age daughter. She and I can talk for hours about the world of wizardry, as we did 2 nights ago when we both had finished book seven.
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