The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts

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9780141320601: The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts

Experience the magic of Harry Potter with this stunning full-colour compendium. Harry Potter fans will love the glorious foldout map of the world beautifully illustrating some of the sources of JK Rowling's inspiration. There is also a booklet of brand new fascinating material by bestselling author of The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter, David Colbert. A must for Potter and Magical Worlds fans.

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Anyone who has read the Harry Potter books is aware that author J.K. Rowling infuses her stories with references to mythology, literature, history, and legends. Even if you don't know exactly what a manticore or a griffin is, it's likely that many readers have at least a vague sense of the existence of these creatures in ancient lore. Inspired by Rowling's suggestion to a young fan to "go and look it up," author David Colbert did quite a bit of investigation himself. The result is the fun, entertaining, and enlightening Magical Worlds of Harry Potter.

From alchemy to hippogriffs to veela, Colbert explores the fascinating meanings between the lines and buried within the names of characters and places in all the Harry Potter books. Chapter headings include such intriguing questions as "Have Witches Always Flown on Broomsticks?" "Why Would Chocolate Help After Escaping a Dementor?" and "Are Any of the Famous Witches and Wizards Real?" A small purple tab in the margin of the first page of each chapter guides readers looking for specific subjects: Divination, Goblins, McGonogall, Owls, Voldemort, Wands, etc. Curious readers will learn the link between Hagrid's pet dog, Fluffy, and the mythological Greek sentry to Hades, Cerberus. And they'll get a taste of scholar Joseph Campbell's theories on heroism, with Harry as the hero, of course. The true magic of this book is that it will surely inspire Harry Potter fans to delve deeper into the various areas it explores. Readers will soon be clamoring for collections of Greek, Japanese, Indian, and Egyptian mythology, as well as copies of The Sword in the Stone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Canterbury Tales, and Treasure Island, to discover the sources of their favorite Harry Potter books. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

David Colbert was head writer of television's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire (US) and editorial director of HarperCollins. A former student of anthropology and mythology, he is the author of six collections of history and literature.

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Editore: Puffin (2005)
ISBN 10: 0141320605 ISBN 13: 9780141320601
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Descrizione libro Puffin, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0141320605

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