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First off, this panel was helpful in expected ways. It was nice to be able to see that it is possible to talk about a beloved book in an academic setting and do a good job with the academic aspect while still genuinely appreciating the book. I think that in this situation, that might have been achieved partially because of the way in which the sources were used. The more interesting speakers focused a lot on the Harry Potter books and brought outside sources in to clarify things without relying too heavily on them. It was a good reminder for me that while outside sources are important, my paper will be more interesting if I focus on analyzing the text more.
As far as more specific help goes, I was surprised at what I found. Truth be told, I suppose there wasn't really all that much in the speakers' presentations that related directly to my paper, but one of the speakers used a quote that reminded me of an article about A Little Princess that I had read earlier. I thought it over for the rest of the panel, and now I think that I have a clearer idea of where I want to go with my paper. Plus, I have another potential source to use, because I found the article the quote was from later. So even though the panel didn't relate too much to my paper, I actually did get some good results from attending it.