The World of Harry Potter


J. K. Rowling: A Biography
by Connie Ann Kirk Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780313322051

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The unprecedented popularity of the Harry Potter books took the publishing world by storm and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. This unofficial biographical study of J. K. Rowling invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at the person behind the phenomenon, the facts of her life as a writer, and the extraordinary success of an ordinary woman.

Chapters take the reader from Rowling's early childhood in England through her school years, friendships, and early influences, tracing her family life, her travels and personal relationships, and the development of her career as a writer. The Harry Potter books are carefully considered against the backdrop of the fantasy genre and are also situated within the broader framework of popular culture.

A bibliography provides reviews, critical articles, biographical sources, and related Web site information. A timeline highlights the events of Rowling's life and career. Other appendices cite the many awards her books have received around the world. Also included are lists of her special literary and humanitarian interests.




Field Guide to Harry Potter
by Colin Duriez Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780830834303

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Duriez overviews author J.K. Rowling's life, puts her work into the context of fantasy literature, analyzes the spiritual themes in the Harry Potter books, and provides a succinct overview of the series. From plot summaries to refresh your memory (Do you remember which book introduces the character of Luna Lovegood?) to a delightful glossary of characters, places, spells and special objects (Do you know what the spell aparecium does?), this book is designed to be an excellent companion to the Harry Potter books.

With loads of quotes from interviews, you'll learn all about J. K. Rowling's life and her literary influences. Chapters on the spirituality of Potter explore the question of how Rowling's faith is reflected in the stories, what she believes about witchcraft and how the stories fit with Christian tradition.


Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of Harry Potter
by Tere Stouffer Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781592575992

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Covering all seven Harry Potter books--from "The Sorcerers Stone" to "The Deathly Hallows"--Tere Stouffer offers an entertaining and easily referenced presentation of insider information to the world that J.K. Rowling has created in her spellbinding series of novels. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of Harry Potter" explores all aspects of the wizarding world and explains factually in terms of their relationship to historical, literary, religious, scientific, or mythological roots.



Mapping the World of Harry Potter
by Mercedes Lackey Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781932100594

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New and old fans of the Harry Potter series will welcome this collection of fresh essays on Potter lore, plotlines, and characters. With up-to-date information through book six in the series, this companion volume offers a comprehensive look at the world of Potter through the eyes of leading science fiction and fantasy writers such as David Gerrold, Joyce Millman, and Martha Wells, and religion, psychology, and science experts. Along with feminism, fascism, and moral life, topics include the Three Faces of Severus Snape, Harry Potter as Luke Skywalker, I Am a Hufflepuff: A Look at the Houses, and Harry Potter and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.



Harry Potter Film Wizardry
by Collins Design Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780061997815

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"Harry Potter Film Wizardry" gives readers an inside look at the magic and mayhem that brought J.K. Rowling's novels to life on film. Immerse yourself in the world of the spectacular "Harry Potter" film series, and learn why Yule Ball ice sculptures never melt, where Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts are really "minted," how to get a Hippogriff to work with actors, the inspiration behind Hogwarts castle, and why Dementors move the way they do.



Parent's Guide to Harry Potter
by Gina Burkart Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780830832880

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Harry Potter has captivated the imagination of millions of children. And Harry Potter has caused controversy in churches and schools. What's a parent to do with the magical, mystical world of Harry and his friends?

Gina Burkart chose to read the books with her own children. As they read together, she discovered many parallels between Christian faith and the themes of these books. Indeed, the escapades of Harry Potter sparked significant conversation between Burkart and her kids.

In this helpful, entertaining guide, Burkart shows how Harry Potter fits into the tradition of fairy tale writing and how this type of literature aids in building a moral framework. She highlights specific situations and emotions from Harry's world that children face in their own life, such as fear, anger, bullies, diversity and the choice of good over evil.

Instead of magic words or easy answers, Burkart offers solid, practical advice for helping parents and children navigate Harry Potter's world--and our own--together.



God, the Devil, and Harry Potter
by John Killinger Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780312308698

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Since their first publication, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels have brought joy to children and adults alike. Many conservative Christians in the United States, however, have decried the books as wicked, as preaching witchcraft and the occult, and as glamorizing dishonesty. A minister in New Mexico held a “holy bonfire” on the Sunday after Christmas 2001, at which he publicly torched the Potter books, declaring them “an abomination to God and to me.”

John Killinger, a Congregationalist minister and an academic in the field of contemporary literature, beautifully demolishes the objections of right-wing Christians to this bestselling children’s series. He compellingly argues that, far from corrupting children’s morals, the Potter stories actually influence young readers to follow the teachings of Jesus. He cites passage after passage to illustrate how the world of Harry Potter would be inconceivable apart from the strictures of Judeo-Christian theology and the way human existence should be approached by every follower of Jesus. Additionally, he reflects on the possibility that Harry Potter, like Dostoevsky’s Prince Myshkin and others, is a witting or unwitting Christ figure who actually battles the forces of darkness for the souls of the faithful.

All through this extraordinarily well-written, compelling, and very entertaining little book, the author points out that stories like this are worth more than any sermon toward producing people who truly follow the lessons of Jesus.



Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Butterbeer
by Gina Meyers Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781456412623

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Smuggle in some muggle magic with The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Butterbeer. Nestled inside The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes To Butterbeer, you will find all things sugary to satisfy your sweet tooth, including Butterbeer Cupcakes, Ron's Love Spell Sugar Cookies, Rock Cakes, Treacle Crisp, Pumpkin Fudge, Yorkshire Pudding, Cauldron Cakes, King’s Cross Butterscotch Bars, Harry’s Tea and Get Out Of a Jam Cookies, Cockroach Clusters, and much more.



If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards
by Tom Morris Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385517546

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J. K. Rowling's novels about Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have captured the imaginations of people everywhere. In "If Harry Potter Ran General Electric," bestselling business author Tom Morris ("If Aristotle Ran General Motors") uncovers the values and timeless truths that underlie Rowling's hugely popular books and illuminates the lessons they offer to all of us in our careers and daily lives.

But, you say, Harry Potter lives in a world of magic. What can we possibly learn to apply to our own careers and everyday lives? Morris shows that the most difficult problems Harry and his friends face are rarely solved by the use of magic alone. Rather, they are conquered by intelligence, reasoning, determination, creativity, friendship, and a host of other classic virtues-the very qualities, in fact, that make for success in every aspect of our lives.

Blending an array of provocative examples from the novels with thought-provoking commentary on contemporary management practices, "If Harry Potter Ran General Electric" offers readers a master's course on leadership and ethics, told in an engaging and insightful way.