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

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Puffin Books, 2001 - Animals, Mythical - 224 pages
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J.K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. This text presents the stories behind the stories. It includes encounters with wizards like Circe and Merlin, and real-life alchemists of the middle ages. Adding to the experience are writers as varied as William Shakespeare, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, Ovid, John Donne, J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin.

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User Review  - glade1 - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this book very much. While I was aware that the vast majority of Rowling's creatures were drawn from existing mythology and that most character names have significance, this book fleshed out some details for me. It is not comprehensive but is a fun read nonetheless. Read full review

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User Review  - melydia - LibraryThing

The name is somewhat misleading; this is a cute mini-encyclopedia of the real mythological roots of many aspects of the Harry Potter books. While I didn't learn a whole heck of a lot of new ... Read full review


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