Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 03, Eric Boot rated it it was amazing. This book contained so much fun facts and interesting information about my favourite book world. I just loved it. View 1 comment.
I read this book when I was a kid, if I remember correctly, I would be around 12 years old. Back then everything that had Harry Potter related to it was a must read and it still does, but that's another day's tale. And although this book wasn't authorized by J. Rowling, it contains an amazing, impeccable research. It covers from The Sorcerer's Stone to The Goblet of Fire , as it was written when those four were the only published books yet.
I learned a lot of mythology and literature, from a I read this book when I was a kid, if I remember correctly, I would be around 12 years old. I learned a lot of mythology and literature, from all over the world. But as someone who read Harry Potter as a child, it killed the magic a bit It is like when the magician reveals his tricks.
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But still, very good. Nov 08, Stephanie S. Shelves: books-i-own , harry-potter-and-related-stuff.
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This book is very informative. It identifies all of the elements in the Harry Potter books that come from actual literature or history. It tells the origin of many names and words in the books. It also shows how many of the creatures such as hippogriffs, manticores, and sphinxes are actually mythical creatures that have been around for a long time. It also points out many things you would not have noticed in the books. For example, in book one, the Mirror of Erised isinscribed with the words "Er This book is very informative. For example, in book one, the Mirror of Erised isinscribed with the words "Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi".
Just gibberish or some dead language like Latin right? This book points out that backwards, the words read "I show not your face but your hearts desire. Read this book for even more interesting things you didn't know about the Harry Potter world. View all 7 comments. Jan 13, Miss rated it it was amazing.
A collection of old legends which could make any mythology fan happy. No doubt, some facts, for example, what name 'Sirius' means or why James' Animagus is a deer stag is well known.
From the mythological side - associations between the Magical World and history were nicely collected. I have never seriously thought about J.
Rowling writing technique and how she uses many folk details in her books. Re-reading "Harry Potter" will be more interesting next time.
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This was one hell of a ride! It was a treasury of myths, legends, and fascinating facts indeed. The author took his time to research on some very interesting aspects, and I loved how he brought them together. This book was published after the fourth book of the Harry Potter series, so it only covers the references from the first four books. I wish there were more from the rest of the books.
Lastly, J. Rowling, take a bow, woman! Not even in my wildest imagination I would ever thought that you This was one hell of a ride! Not even in my wildest imagination I would ever thought that you have used this much references from history and mythology. Even the names of the authors of the textbooks have some hidden meanings. You are awesome. Aug 22, Hafsa Sabira rated it it was amazing. I must say I am impressed at how much work Rowling did for this book.
This book is like a puzzle for all those who love their history and mythology. The clues are set in the pages and the reader has to search everything. This just increased the fun 10 times more. I have read the series 2 times but now I am tempted to read once again to see whether I can figure out more references hidden in the books.
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Hats off Rowling. And thank you Colbert.
I am just so lucky to have come across the book and rea I must say I am impressed at how much work Rowling did for this book. I am just so lucky to have come across the book and read it. This book is a must read for the Potterheads. Oct 07, Nusrat Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 12, PurplyCookie rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , mythic-fiction , e-book , harry-potter-related , young-adult , witchcraft , books-about-books. Every HP fan would definitely need or desire a companion book just to wade through all the literary, religious, fantastical and mythological references and innuendos Rowling made in all of her seven books.
The book aptly describes itself as a "treasury of myths, legends and fascinating facts" regarding the world of Harry Potter and it wasn't that far off in its self-description. Rowling's Idea of a Hero? Take note that the book does not pretend to offer a deep analysis of Rowling's motives or thought process, but does give us the background to further appreciate her work. Think of it as a quick course in mythology and history as related to the Harry Potter books. It may be a tad redundant to those who are already well-versed in these areas such as myself but it is always a good thing to refresh one's fond memories of religion and mythology.
However, there are reasons why I'm not giving this book a five star rating. There were a few long-winded entries the history of the Order of the Phoenix comes to mind that should've shelved. Mainly because of a few oversights and hopefully they may be adressed in future additions that keep this book from being the perfect guide to the world of Harry Potter.
There are a few inaccuracies in terms of the merging together of Latin and Greek words as interpreted from the names and spells used by Rowling in the books. There were also some painfully obvious questions that weren't addressed even in this updated edition. I would expect a lot more from David Colbert, who has actually studied mythology, though, considering the book states he researches by "reading randomly in the library", it's not too surprising his book is sometimes inaccurate. Lastly, there were just parts of the book where the author did not really answer the question he himself posed!
His pseudo answer just went around in a complete circle and rectified it by quoting from well-known works like that of Shakespeare's! Still, these oversights cannot deny the fact that this book is a very informative guide to the contents of Harry Potter books. I was delighted to finally get the distinction between the following: A charm is a bit of temporary magic that can be good or bad; a jinx will bring bad luck, but nothing serious; curses and hexes involve evil; and spells are serious magic that last a long time. Each entry is accompanied by various illustrations drawn in purple ink this is what's been missing in Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them".
A small purple tab in the margin of the first page of each chapter guides readers looking for specific subjects: Divination, Goblins, McGonogall, Owls, Voldemort, Wands, etc.