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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 ...
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.
Filled with fascinating facts and background, Harry Potter and History is an essential companion for every Harry Potter fan.
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
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
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
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
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
10 Of Marranos and Mudbloods: Harry Potter and the Spanish Inquisition 219
PART THREE Women and Witches, Werewolves and Muggle-Borns: Magical Hierarchies 243
11 Witches vs. Women: What Muggles Could Learn from Wizarding History 245
12 Marx, Magic, and Muggles: Class Conflict in Harry Potter’s World 269
13 Hairy Snout, Human Heart? Werewolves in Harry Potter’s World and in European History 293
Hermione Raised Her Hand Again: Wizards Writing History 309
The Hogwarts Faculty 323
Index: Notable Magical Words of Our Time 327
Posted October 31, 2011
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.
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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!
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