Detective Ring Composition & Harry Potter

“The Mysterious Parallels of Harry Potter” is a master’s thesis I wrote in 2017-2018 that explores the entanglement of ring composition and mystery within the Harry Potter series. I build on the groundwork laid out by John Granger in “Harry Potter as Ring Composition and Ring Cycle” by charting all seven books with the mysteries as my main focus. The result is what I’ve labeled ‘The Detective Ring’. I believe this particular marriage of two rigid compositions (ring composition & detective fiction) can be dated back to The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins– which I’m currently working on.

Just in case the link embedded within the website doesn’t work, you can find my master’s thesis in full at ResearchGate:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331888998_THE_MYSTERIOUS_PARALLELS_OF_HARRY_POTTER

Yes! It sufficed that I in life could find

Some kind of link-and-bobolink, some kind

Of correlated pattern in the game,

Plexed artistry, and something of the same

Pleasure in it as they who played it found

– Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

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