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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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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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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