Harry Potter and History

ISBN-10: 0470574720

ISBN-13: 9780470574720

Edition: 2011

Authors: Nancy Reagin

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A guide to the history behind the world of Harry Potter just in time for the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II)Harry Potter lives in a world that is both magical and historical. Hogwarts pupils ride an old-fashioned steam train to school, notes are taken on parchment with quill pens, and Muggle legends come to life in the form of werewolves, witches, and magical spells. This book is the first to explore the real history in which Harry's world is rooted.Did you know that bezoars and mandrakes were fashionable luxury items for centuries? Find out how Europeans first developed the potions, spells, and charms taught at Hogwarts, from Avada Kedavra to love charms. Learn how the European prosecution of witches led to the Statute of Secrecy, meet the real Nicholas Flamel, see how the Malfoys stack up against Muggle English aristocrats, and compare the history of the wizarding world to real-life history. Gives you the historical backdrop to Harry Potter's world Covers topics ranging from how real British boarding schools compare to Hogwarts to how parchment, quills, and scrolls used in the wizarding world were made Includes a timeline comparing the history of the wizarding world to Muggle "real" historyFilled with fascinating facts and background, Harry Potter and History is an essential companion for every Harry Potter fan.
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List price: $11.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 5/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments: Writing Magical History
Harry Potter's Timeline
Introduction: A Half-Blood World?
�The Burrow Is Just Outside Ottery St. Catchpole�: When Muggles and Wizards Lived Side by Side
Magic for Daily Use and Profit: Mandrakes, Charms, Bezoars, and Love Potions in the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds
Severus Snape and the Standard Book of Spells: Ancient Tongues in the Wizarding World
Beastly Books and Quick-Quills: Harry Potter and the Making of Medieval Manuscripts
Nicolas Flamel: The Alchemist Who Lived
Why the Statute of Secrecy? Real Historical Oppression of Witches and Wizards
After the Statute of Secrecy: Parallel Worlds
Was Voldemort a Nazi? Death Eater Ideology and National Socialism
�Magic is Might�: How the Wizarding Government Gained Its Power
Were the Malfoys Aristocrats? The Decline and Fall of the Pure-Blooded
School Ties, House Points, and Quidditch: Hogwarts as a British Boarding School
Of Marranos and Mudbloods: Harry Potter and the Spanish Inquisition
Women and Witches, Werewolves and Muggle-Borns: Magical Hierarchies
Witches vs. Women: What Muggles Could Learn from Wizarding History
Marx, Magic, and Muggles: Class Conflict in Harry Potter's World
Hairy Snout, Human Heart? Werewolves in Harry Potter's World and in European History
Hermione Raised Her Hand Again: Wizards Writing History
The Hogwarts Faculty
Index: Notable Magical Words of Our Time
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