Harry Potter and History

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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...

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Overview

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" history

Filled with fascinating facts and background, Harry Potter and History is an essential companion for every Harry Potter fan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470574720
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Series: Wiley Pop Culture and History Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 623,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy R. Reagin is a professor of history and women's and gender studies at Pace University, who has published several books in modern European history. She's also an active fan who has worked on fan archives and websites, and she has helped build fan organizations. She is appalled by Professor Binns's teaching methods and would enjoy using pensieves, Veritaserum, and Time-Turners in her own research.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: Writing Magical History xi

Harry Potter’s Timeline xiii

Introduction: A Half-Blood World? 1
Nancy R. Reagin

PART ONE “The Burrow Is Just Outside Ottery St. Catchpole”: When Muggles and Wizards Lived Side by Side 7

1 Magic for Daily Use and Profi t: Mandrakes, Charms, Bezoars, and Love Potions in the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds 9
Birgit Wiedl

2 Severus Snape and the Standard Book of Spells: Ancient Tongues in the Wizarding World 39
M. G. DuPree

3 Beastly Books and Quick-Quills: Harry Potter and the Making of Medieval Manuscripts 55
Alexandra Gillespie

4 Nicolas Flamel: The Alchemist Who Lived 73
Don Keck DuPree

5 Why the Statute of Secrecy? Real Historical Oppression of Witches and Wizards 91
Birgit Wiedl

PART TWO After the Statute of Secrecy: Parallel Worlds 125

6 Was Voldemort a Nazi? Death Eater Ideology and National Socialism 127
Nancy R. Reagin

7 “Magic Is Might”: How the Wizarding Government Gained Its Power 153
Janice Liedl

8 Were the Malfoys Aristocrats? The Decline and Fall of the Pure-Blooded 173
Laura Loiacono and Grace Loiacono

9 School Ties, House Points, and Quidditch: Hogwarts as a British Boarding School 193
Susan Hall

10 Of Marranos and Mudbloods: Harry Potter and the Spanish Inquisition 219
Ruth Abrams

PART THREE Women and Witches, Werewolves and Muggle-Borns: Magical Hierarchies 243

11 Witches vs. Women: What Muggles Could Learn from Wizarding History 245
Janice Liedl

12 Marx, Magic, and Muggles: Class Conflict in Harry Potter’s World 269
Susan Hall

13 Hairy Snout, Human Heart? Werewolves in Harry Potter’s World and in European History 293
Eveline Brugger

Hermione Raised Her Hand Again: Wizards Writing History 309
Anne Rubenstein

The Hogwarts Faculty 323

Index: Notable Magical Words of Our Time 327

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I really liked the Twilight and History that this author had written and I was really excited to see this book. I've just started reading it but what I've read so far is amazing. Definitely worth checking out.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Harry potter freak

    Boring but i learned alot about harry potter

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    This book...

    You should read this book

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    No good

    You cant zoom on any timelines or picturea to see them clearly.... dont buy it

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Not about Harry Potter

    This isn't about Harry Potter.I just want to spread the news that our school's mean gym teacher is retiring.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    To the prson who reviwed this book first

    For your info iprety sure nooks are for reading and not to just look at pictures and time lines..but its an really good book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Reading rebal

    Cool

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Do they have any normal harry potter books?

    I mean seriously do they have any regular harry potter books??

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Gryffindor Common Room

    This is Gryffindor Tower's Common Room.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Sonali

    I found the hufflepuff common room but wheres the ravenclaw one?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Another mindblow!!

    When a tree falls is there still a sound if nobody is there to see it?

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Erm

    No need for this book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    How long is the real book if the sample is 300+ pages?

    How long is the book if the sample is 300+ pages?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Does anyone know where griffin fathets part 23 is

    Please tell me if you know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Sample is big!!

    300+ pages!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Any good?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Harry potter@#$%&*!!!+FREAK

    I love theharry potter seis and i hope that if i buy this book it wont be a wast of $$$$$$$$$$$

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Hello

    This seems good do not take my advice though

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Max

    EEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Abdo Absolutely amazing!!

    This is one amazing book about how Harty Potter relates to the Chfistian word. Amazing.....a must read!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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