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The magical worlds of Harry Potter : a treasury of myths, legends, and fascinating facts

Author: David Colbert
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : English : Berkley trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Looks to mythology, folklore, and literature to investigate the sources of ideas for some of the images, characters, and themes found in J.K. Rowling's stories of fledgling wizard Harry Potter.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Juvenile literature
Named Person: J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character); J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Colbert
ISBN: 0425187012 9780425187012 9780613495776 0613495772 9780425223185 0425223183
OCLC Number: 49225557
Description: xi, 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Did Alchemists Really Search for a Magic Stone? 5 --
Who Was the Most Amazing Animagus? 9 --
Is "Avada Kedavra" a Real Curse? 17 --
Are Basilisks Just Big Snakes? 21 --
Which "Fantastic Beasts" Come from Legend? 23. Why Would Sirius Black Become a Black Dog? 29 --
Which Creature Doesn't Know When to Say Good-bye? 33 --
Have Witches Always Flown on Broomsticks? 35 --
Why Do Centaurs Avoid Humans? 37. What Is the Favorite Trick of Cornish Pixies? 39 --
Why Would Voldemort Put the Dark Mark on Death Eaters? 41 --
Why Would Chocolate Help After Escaping a Dementor? 43 --
Is Sibyll Trelawney Ever Right? 45. Which Creature Is Fit for a King? 47 --
Who Were the First British Wizards? 53 --
If Dumbledore Is So Powerful, Shouldn't He Fight Voldemort? 55 --
Why Would Durmstrang Students Travel by Ship? 59 --
Where Does Magic Come From? 63. Which Character Can't Die? 67 --
Was the Real Flamel a Successful Alchemist? 71 --
Why Would Fluffy Come from "a Greek Chappie"? 75 --
Why Would the Forest near Hogwarts Be "Forbidden"? 77 --
Are All Giants All Bad? 79. Which Real-Life Creature Still Eludes Scientists? 83 --
Why Are Harry and Cedric Like Knights of the Round Table? 85 --
Why Are Goblins Such Good Bankers? 87 --
Which of Draco's Sidekicks Is Also Named for a Dragon? 91. Which Creature Is Master of Both Earth and Sky? 93 --
Why Do Parents Worry About Grindylows? 97 --
Which Is the Least Likely Magical Creature? 99 --
Why Would Anyone Go to School with a Slytherin? 103. Which Creature May Not Bow Its Head? 107 --
What Is the Most Important Language for Wizards? 109 --
Why Is Each Malfoy Aptly Named? 115 --
Why Won't Wizards Go near a Manticore? 117 --
Why Is the Third Task Set in a Maze? 121. Why Might Prof. McGonagall Appear As a Cat? 123 --
Why Might a Human Fear Merpeople? 125 --
Why Are Mirrors Magical? 127 --
Which of Voldemort's Cohorts Comes from India? 131 --
Where Do Those Names Come From?! 133. Besides Mail, What Does the Arrival of an Owl Mean? 139 --
What Makes Harry a Universal Hero? 141 --
What Are the "Runes" on the Pensieve? 153 --
Why Does the Sphinx Ask Harry a Question? 155 --
How Do You Scare a Spider? 159. Why Do Trolls Stink? 163 --
How Do You Catch a Unicorn? 165 --
Who Really Wrote the Book on Divination? 171 --
What Makes Veela Angry? 173 --
What Kind of Nightmares Created Voldemort? 177 --
Why Do Wizards Use Wands? 181. Are Any of the "Famous Witches and Wizards" Real? 183.
Responsibility: David Colbert.
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Looks to mythology, folklore, and literature to investigate the sources of ideas for some of the images, characters, and themes found in J.K. Rowling's stories of fledgling wizard Harry Potter.

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