The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived

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Neil Mulholland
BenBella Books, Inc., Jun 22, 2009 - Psychology - 326 pages
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Harry Potter has provided a portal to the wizarding world for millions of readers, but an examination of Harry, his friends and his enemies will take us on yet another journey: through the psyche of the Muggle (and wizard!) mind. The twists and turns of the series, as well as the psychological depth and complexity of J. K. Rowling’s characters, have kept fans enthralled with and puzzling over the many mysteries that permeate Hogwarts and beyond: Do the Harry Potter books encourage disobedience? Why is everyone so fascinated by Professor Lupin? What exactly will Harry and his friends do when they finally pass those N.E.W.T.s? Do even wizards live by the ticking of the clock? Is Harry destined to end up alone? And why did it take Ron and Hermione so long to get together? Now, in The Psychology of Harry Potter, leading psychologists delve into the ultimate Chamber of Secrets, analyzing human mind and motivation by examining the themes and characters that make the Harry Potter books the bestselling fantasy series of all time. Grab a spot on the nearest couch, and settle in for some fresh revelations about our favorite young wizard!
 

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

You'd think a book about magical people could have conjured up better. This book is a series of essays about how the (first six) Harry Potter books reveal the workings of psychology. Like far too many ... Read full review

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User Review  - 06nwingert - LibraryThing

The Psychology of Harry Potter is an unbiased look at various aspects of the Harry Potter series through a psychological lens. Written by a collection of psychologists, this book makes you think about ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Do Students Learn from Hogwarts Classes?
5
Harrys Curiosity
19
Intergroup Conflict in the World of Harry Potter
33
Have You Got What It Takes to Train Security Trolls?
45
Hogwarts Academy
59
Attachment Styles at Hogwarts
75
What Harry and Fawkes Have in Common
91
The Social Dynamics of Power and Cooperation in the Wizarding World
169
Mental Illness in the World of Wizardry
175
SelfInflicted Cuts Burns and Bruises in Harry Potter
189
The Werewolf in the Wardrobe
207
Exploring the Dark Side
221
Harry Potter and the Word That Shall Not Be Named
233
Evolution Development and the Magic of Harry Potter
249
Using Psychological Treatment with Harry
265

Harry Potter and the Resilience to Adversity
105
Discovering Magic
123
The Magical World of Muggles
135
Time and Time Again
153
Defense Against the Real Dark Arts
283
Resisting Social Influence
299
Harry Potter and the Magic of Transformation
311
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