The speaker predicts that the Harry Potter books constitute the major fantasy work of our time. In the previous century, it was J. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; in the nineteenth century, that honor went to Alice in Wonderland. As strikingly different as these works are, they still are considered part of the fantasy genre. They have a timeless appeal because they incorporate mythic archetypal elements embodied in the stories. The Harry Potter stories can also be quite powerful as a myth used for self-transformation. 2 CDs. 2008. 109 minutes.