Very interesting read for the Harry Potter lover. It is probably for older teens and above. This covers more material about mythology and history than fun little potter facts. It goes into human history and where J.K. Rowling may have received many of her ideas. More of an information book. Cool to add to any Harry Potter collection though!
This is a really good book for people who haven't read much mythology or fantasy literature. It did point out a few connections that I hadn't already figured out, but for the most part was pretty elementary. I would highly suggest it for a 6th or 7th grader who is interested in the Harry Potter books.
* What was the model for the Order of the Phoenix?
* Where do those names come from?
* What is the real life legend behind Voldemort's Dark Mark?
* Could Snape's potions actually work?
"Digs deep into different cultures and mythologies to piece together the origins of Rowling's characters. Learn about griffins, goblins, Latin, and why Harry is a universal hero."
: The Baltimore Sun
J. K. Rowling's young heroic wizard, Harry Potter, lives in a world populated by dragons, centaurs, trolls,; and a three-headed dog named Fluffyamong other creatures from ancient myths and legends. 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 from The Sorcerer's Stone to 'The Order of the Phoenix.
"Have you ever wondered where J. K. Rowling gets her ideas for fantastic beasts and magical critters? You
can learn about them in The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter."
Detroit Free Press
A must have for Harry Potter fans. What was the model for The Oder of the Phoenix? Where do those names come from? What is the real life legend behind Voldemort's Dark Mark? Could Snape's potions actually work?
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Being a huge Harry Potter fan everything I read about him is great !! There was plenty of research done to make interesting reading. Great to learn more about the many strange animals, etc. that make up the stories. As a whole, the book was very well presented and easily understood.