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This book is not prepared, endorsed, or authorized by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros. and is not part of the Harry Potter series. For fans who want to know about the myths, folklores, legends, and Muggle history embedded in the Harry Potter novels, Beahm's new book is a treasure trove of fun facts and tantalizing trivia covering the fabulous beasts and creatures, the wizards, magical artifacts, and magical places in the Harry Potter world. Covering Harry Potter novels 1 - 5, this unofficial guide includes sidebars, ...
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Overview

This book is not prepared, endorsed, or authorized by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros. and is not part of the Harry Potter series. For fans who want to know about the myths, folklores, legends, and Muggle history embedded in the Harry Potter novels, Beahm's new book is a treasure trove of fun facts and tantalizing trivia covering the fabulous beasts and creatures, the wizards, magical artifacts, and magical places in the Harry Potter world. Covering Harry Potter novels 1 - 5, this unofficial guide includes sidebars, internet references, and enchangting art by five-time Hugo award-winning artist Tim Kirk and newcomer Britton McDaniel. This fascinating and educational book belongs on the shelf of every Muggle who wants to know Rowling's inspiration for the creatures, people, places, creatures, and things in the wizarding world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571744401
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Engaging and Useful

    Much like his previous book, Muggles and Magic, this newest work by George Beahm is packed with interesting information and insights. Most of us, having general knowledge about mythology and folklore (and therefore understanding some of the clever connections and allusions Rowling makes in the naming of characters and items), sense that there are likely many references we don't quite get. Fortunately for us, Beahm has done all of the work required to make reading Harry Potter a far richer, more complex experience. From his exploration of the significance of names to his thorough catalog of the various attributes of the fantastic creatures that appear both in Harry Potter and world mythology, Beahm gets it all down in an extremely comprehensive and easy-to-read way. For example: this Guide has one of the best tables of contents that I've seen in a reference book of this sort, and the index is equally wonderful. In Beahm's last book, I found myself somewhat distracted by the numerous sidebars and inserts. In Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide, the sidebars and inserts are perfectly placed--they are unobtrusive but won't get overlooked, which is all to the good: they're wonderful asides to the main text and only help to enhance the reader's understanding of the connections between Harry Potter's world and the more fanstastic aspects of our own. The illustrations are also wonderful, offering the eye a place to rest and setting off the main text in a whimsical manner. Finally, Beahm again demonstrates his ability to write informational prose in a thoroughly engaging manner. We learn a good deal about a great number of things in this Guide--without feeling like we're sitting in on a World Mythology or Mythology in Literature seminar conducted by someone like Professor Binns. And best of all (for me, anyway), in reading Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide, I learned all sorts of things I'd never even guessed at without realizing that I'd learned them. And that alone is the best reason to recommend this book: I now have a far greater appreciation for the care that Rowling has taken in creating Harry Potter's world--a world that invites the sort of exploration that Beahm does so well on our behalf.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    IT IS AWESOME

    This book is great! I think it is sooooo helpful for finding what things are in the wizirding world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2005

    Harry Potter Fan Must Have

    This book is a must have for any Harry Potter fan. Mr. Beahm writes a detailed, entertaining, and engaging book with accuracy and enthusiasim. Even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan like myself, you will be after you read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Extremely Informative

    This book gave me anything and everything i wanted to know about the wizarding world. I wish this book was written after she finished all the books. I would love to see what he has to write about the Hallows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    A great addition to any Harry Potter collection

    When I picked up George Beahm¿s new book, Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter¿s World, I had just finished reading the first five books in J.K. Rowling¿s Harry Potter series in preparation for the publication of book six. This was perfect timing. This is not a book to read start to finish in one sitting, as it is necessarily repetitive in the four sections (Fabulous Beasts, Wizards through the Ages, All Things in the Magical World, and Enchanting Places). It¿s better sampled in pieces at will, or used as a reference guide by clueless relatives or friends of rabid Harry Potter fans. Sometimes the explanations wander off topic a bit, but this does not prove to be too distracting, especially if one browses through the book instead of reading it in order. Fact, Fiction, and Folklore might just as well be called Fact, Fiction, Folklore and Fantasy Literature. Beahm frequently refers to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and to other fantasy works as well. If a Harry Potter fan is seeking suggestions of other books to read while awaiting book seven, this book could be mined for titles. The artwork is delightful. I find Tim Kirk¿s whimsical drawings alone worth the price of the book. I had made some of the real world connections to folklore and language that Beahm makes, but I learned many new things as well. I learned, for instance, that Nicholas Flamel was a real historical alchemist who lived six hundred years ago. It is sometimes difficult to tell when the text about Rowling¿s fantasy world ends and the description of real world parallels begins, and my one real issue with the book is that it can¿t decide who its audience is. Devoted fan? Someone who hasn¿t read the books but might? Clueless friends and family of fans? Beahm¿s misguided efforts to avoid spoilers for people who have not read the books can leave information incomplete for those who have. This leads, for example, to an entry on Werewolves that does not mention Professor Remus Lupin. It would have been a better book if Beahm had stuck to the devoted fan as his audience. Still, this should not prevent fans from enjoying having this book in their collection. It¿s going to be a long wait for the fourth movie and the seventh book. Harry Potter fans will find Fact, Fiction, and Folklore a good book to have on hand to provide a Harry fix during the interim.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    fun and informative

    After his previous foray into the world of Harry Potter ¿ a helpful, interesting book entitled Muggles and Magic - I had to read George Beahm's new work, Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World. The latest Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is coming soon, and this book has put me in a mood so anticipatory that I am not sure if I will last the wait! Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World (abbreviated FF&F from this point on) focuses on - as the title suggests - the history of each element of the Harry Potter novels. Questions such as 'Where did the Hippogriff originate?' and 'What are the names of all the wizards mentioned in the Harry Potter series' are answered in painstaking detail. Initially, even though I was pleased with Beahm¿s earlier work, I was still concerned that a book such as this would be difficult to read. I likened the thought of reading it to reading an encyclopedia. In other words, I imagined reading one boring fact after another. But this was not the case! Once I got into FF&F, I could not put it down. Though I had already vaguely known where J.K. Rowling got many of her basic ideas for the series, I had no idea what rich origins so many aspects of her novels contain. If I could name one thing I came away with after reading this book, it would be a sense of awe I feel for J.K. Rowling for being able to incorporate so many different elements into a coherent series of novels. I¿m pleased that author George Beahm so accurately and fully covered this daunting topic. My favorite part of this book was the section that covers the history of names of each of the characters. Each one, from Harry Potter to Professor Snape, has a name full of history that, although possibly coincidental, may hide clues as to what is to come. This is an informative, fun, fact-filled book that I can gladly recommend to all Harry Potter fans. I did not go into this with high hopes but, after having read it, I can honestly say that it was not only worth my time but worth a second read in the future, perhaps once the series has ended. FF&F is a book that no Harry Potter guru should be without!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    A Closer Look at the World of Harry Potter...

    'Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World' is an outstanding collection of everything Potter! This book maps out - in great detail - Harry's life, and all in it. From critters, to spells... from characters, to enchanting places... from magic, to Muggles... it's all in here! The book is the map, George Beahm is the Tour Guide! As you turn the pages, George takes you by the hand, and leads you into that magical realm where 'imagination' and 'reality' meet! A very intricate, encyclopedic 'companion' book, that MUST be added to all Potter collections. Want to know more about a Basilisk? Can't remember who Rita Skeeter is? Need a new crystal ball? What's a Mandrake sound like? How do you use Floo Powder? Look no more! All the answers are revealed here! Harry Potter fans - young and old - will enjoy this book! I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. I simply could not put it down! The longer you read, the deeper you slide into Harry's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Fascinating insights into Harry Potter!

    If you want to know more about the world of Harry Potter, this is the book for you. it explains more about the animals, wizards and places in the book to help you understand, and the illustrations by Tim Kirk are wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide

    This book is a wonderful review of Book 1-5 by JKR. Author George Beahm gives some good insight into the first five books in the series. As an avid HP fan, I especially liked reading this book and the ULTIMATE UNOFFICIAL HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BOOK 6 TRIVIA BOOK by author Daniel Lawrence to get all the clues and info on the latest book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2005

    A marvelous volume for HP fans!

    Meticulously researched and written by George Beahm, and engagingly illustrated by Tim Kirk and Britton McDaniel, this book is an indispensible guide to who's who and what's what in J. K. Rowling's epic series (books 1-5). I especially enjoyed the way Beahm places Rowling's incarnations of elves and hellhounds and such into the wider context of English and classical mythology. This book is sure to please any Harry Potter fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide

    This is a great guide for HP fans for books 1-5 in the Potter series. It contains great theories and information on the fiction and folklore surrounding the HP series. It was especially fun to read this book and then immediately read the new ULTIMATE UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BOOK 6 TRIVIA BOOK by author and HP expert Daniel Lawrence to get additional insights and clues on the newly released HBP Book 6.

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