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J.K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter reveals the stories behind the stories.
In this fully updated edition, all the questions you ever wanted to ask about Harry's fantastical world are answered. Discover the astonishing origins of magical creatures, the clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and ancient magic spells.
From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.
I haven't read the Harry Potter books, but I have seen the movies, and they were stunning enough to give me a keen interest in any 'reference' book relating to them.
Having a long-standing interest in the origins of myths and legends, religious icons and the like, I was really impressed by this paperback. For a small book, it carries a lot of detail and information.
As well as factual, easy-referenced information, it also contains some 'commentary' that may or may not be accurate, but is relevant and entertaining, giving the reader a thirst to investigate for themselves... which I always feel is an aspect of a truely great reference book. One should NEVER take only one viewpoint to be The One Truth...
Overall... I was really impressed. If I hadn't already promised this book to another, far more deserving, reviewer... I would happily have kept this as part of my Mythology reference library.
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