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

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Lumina Press, 2001 - Fiction - 223 pages
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The ultimate fan's guide to the underlying mythology contained in the multi-million-selling novels and record-breaking film. Have witches always flown on broomsticks? Where does magic come from? Why do wizards use wands? J.K. Rowling fills Harry Potter's world with real history and famous legends from as far away as India and Japan, as long ago as ancient Egypt. This book tells all about them. Discover the astonishing origins of supernatural beasts, clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and magic spells. From alchemists to unicorns, basilisks to veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.

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

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I happened across a copy of this at the library book store the other day. It was a nice collection of little factoids and explanations of historical and literary and mythological allusions in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

I found this book very interesting and as a whole it has deepened my knowledge and appreciation of the Harry Potter world and the genius who came up with it. I appreciate the spoiler alert for the last two books. I found it well researched, informative, and a lot of fun to read. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
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Is Avada Kedavra a Real Curse?
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Are Basilisks ust Big Snakes?
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Copyright

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David Colbert is the author of the acclaimed 10 DAYS biography series and the EYEWITNESS history series. J.K. Rowling praised his bestselling THE MAGICAL WORLDS OF HARRY POTTER, which has been published in almost thirty languages, as her favorite of the many written about her novels.

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