Plot Thickens... Harry Potter Investigated by Fans for Fans

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Have you got your wits about you?

JK Rowling challenged her fans to use their wits, and now her fans have responded. She's dribbled clues through her interviews, website, and of course the books. Where are the hints and how should we interpret them?

If you're tired of chewing on your quill alone, pondering the possibilities, then join 53 fans from 10 countries, as they investigate cauldronfuls of sly clues, shedding new light on the mysteries ...

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Have you got your wits about you?

JK Rowling challenged her fans to use their wits, and now her fans have responded. She's dribbled clues through her interviews, website, and of course the books. Where are the hints and how should we interpret them?

If you're tired of chewing on your quill alone, pondering the possibilities, then join 53 fans from 10 countries, as they investigate cauldronfuls of sly clues, shedding new light on the mysteries hiding within JK Rowling's pages. Her bubbling brew of characters is becoming thick with suspects:

* What's up with Aunt Petunia?
* Is Gilderoy permanently disabled?
* Is Percy really a git?
* Where is Gran Longbottom's allegiance?
* How does time travel work?
* Is there still something odd with Mad-Eye?
* Whose side is Snape on?

Through the magic of the Internet community, our authors have been brought together from the Mighty MuggleNet "Chamber of Secrets" and "New Clues" forums to discuss the clues and hints in the Harry Potter septology. Transfigured from Internet posters to new authors, they have written The Plot Thickens...Harry Potter Investigated by Fans for Fans, brimming with new thoughts and theories on what may be one of the best-loved literary epics of all time. Just like Wizarding World Press's Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter, this new book can be a great starting point for those fans who wish to examine the series in depth.

As the plot begins to truly thicken, these author-sleuths have conjured a collection of discussions, character analyses, and theories that will hook up your fireplace flue to the busiest Brain Room outside of the Department of Mysteries. Read fascinating scrolls that delve below the surface of over 60 topics, and peer ahead to what is yet to come. Share in the bouts of speculation. Investigate with your fellow fans as they weave together the threads of this mystery...worry with them over what tragedies still await our beloved Harry.

Wizarding World Press invites you to come, join our discussion, as from one fan to another we respond to JK Rowling's challenge by using our wits to decipher this great mystery. Here is a unique, fun book, and a unique opportunity to experience the magic.

Note: Major spoilers included! Do not read this unless you have read all five Harry Potter books. The Plot Thickens. . . Harry Potter Investigated by Fans for Fans is a collection of articles by international authors--it is not the Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Book 5.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972393638
  • Publisher: Wizarding World Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 300
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

You were There

Department of International Fan Cooperation (Harry Potter Around the World)

The Plot Thickens: Ingredients
Author Search
Editions and Translations
Spelling and Grammar
Author Information
OWLs and NEWTs
Canon vs. Speculation
Additional Sleuthing Notes
General Knowledge

How to Read a "Children's Story"
Iceberg Ahoy! Why the Harry Potter Books Should be Restored
to The New York Times Best-seller List by Mary Ailes aka "ZoeRose"
Two Degrees of Separation by BeachBum
Loose Canons: On the Use and Misuse of Canon Evidence
by K.E. Bledsoe aka "ArtemisMoonbow"

- Fan Discussions -

Magic and the Mind
Ponderings... Does the Wand Choose the Wizard? by Ceci
Unity Inside: The Sorting of Harry Potter by Diane Heath aka "9Moons"
The Timing of Voldemort's Plans by Alexander Benesch
Occlumency and Legilimency by E. Lingo aka "GinnyWeasley31"

Birds of a Feather
How is Harry Potter Like a Phoenix? (And Why Should We Care?)
by K. E. Bledsoe aka "Artemis Moonbow"
Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore: An Interpersonal Chemistry
by Sarah Deborah Ward aka "Angelwings"
Fowl Play with Owl Post by "Hedwig at Heart"

The Prophecy and the Legend of Godric's Hollow
Harry's Scar by Lily Goldman aka "Lily G"
The Charming Lily Evans Potter by "Saskia"
How We Know What Happened During the Attack at Godric's Hollow
and Baby Harry's Arrival at Privet Drive by Nisha E. Thambi
The Attack on Frank and Alice Longbottom by Lauren Coffman
Neville and Harry: Children of the Prophecy by "siriusaddict"

Bloodlines and Blood Feuds
Petunia: The Woman Who Knows Too Much by "Fanofsirius"
Something Dursley This Way Comes by Elyse Schuler aka "thethirdman"
What Has Become of the House of Black? The Disappearing Families
in JK Rowling's Books by Suzanne Foster, Craig L. Foster
Phineas Nigellus: Portrait of a Slytherin by Lela Jane Page
Barty Crouch Jr: A Good Son Gone Bad by Erin Knutson aka "momthatsafan"
Knights of Walpurgis by Cindy Eric

Wacky Weasleys
Is Percy a Stupid Git? by Ryan McHugh aka "IrishWizard"
Dragons and Dungeons: Charlie and Bill Weasley by "Alexa"
Fred and George: The Order's Secret Weapon? by Maria Rico aka "Maria"
The Twins: A Balancing Act by Nina Khosla

Love Potion #9 3/4
What Krum Saw by Mark Phillips aka "Hawk92"
Lily Potter - "Silly Girl"? by Jill Atkinson
Girl Talk with Tonks by Elyse Schuler aka "thethirdman"

Mischief Created: The Marauders
Marauders-So,What's in a Name? by Missy Ruzicka aka "KatieLBell"
School Years of the Marauders by Tammy Mun. aka "lil_Kats13"
The Marauders - What Went Wrong by Missy Ruzicka aka "KatieLBell"

Travelling Picture Show
Portraits and Photos: Capturing an Aura by Jeannie Ploegman aka "madeyemuggle"
Phineas Nigellus:Wicked Wit on the Wall by Jeanne Perry Kimsey aka "Silver Ink Pot"
Arresting Motion by Dana Bielicki-Maffei aka "DBMaff"

Shady People and Places
Bubbles and Bribes (Goings on at St Mungo's) by K. Ecsedy aka "Furryfreakferret"
Neville's Gran and the Feathered Crowns of Egypt by Jeanne Perry Kimsey aka "Silver Ink Pot"
Magical What's-My-Name by Gilderoy Lockhart (An Autographed Autobiography) by Ceci
Alastor Moody: Friend or Foe? by Erin Knutson aka "momthatsafan"
Judge Fudge by Erin Knutson aka "momthatsafan"
Is Something Going on at St Mungo's? by Helen Poole

The Ministry of Magic: Employees Only
A Short Insight Into the Short-Sighted Problems of the Ministry of Magic by Helen S. Shaw
Fudge & Machiavelli by Caleb Greinke
The Tyranny of the Death Eaters and the Spread of Corruption by A.L. Carpenter aka "Ridgeback"
The Mysterious Mad-Eye Moody by Erik Smulders aka "Mad-madeye"

Objects of Mystery and Things That Go Bump in the Night
The Room of Requirement (aka The Come and Go Room) by Christina "FlamelsApprentice" Conley
The Clue Men See is the Lake! by Alisha Hajosy aka "Aunt Remus"
Mirrors and Time by Dana Bielicki-Maffei aka "DBMaff"
The Veil of Mystery by A.L. Carpenter aka "Ridgeback"
Through the Veil (…and Back Again?) by Karen Bledsoe aka "Artemis Moonbow"
The Chamber of Thoth by S.P. Sipal

Symbolism: Reading the Runes
Tying Together All the Magical Knots by Jeanne Perry Kimsey aka "Silver Ink Pot"
Pink Stinks by Julie Maffei
Hogwarts Houses by Sonia Markovic aka "Silver"
Geomancy And Alchemy Gems in Harry Potter by S.P. Sipal

Time... and Time Again
Time of the Druids and the Legends of our Time by Thomas Jayroe aka "pika"
Voldemort, the Ouroboros Worm, and the Legend of Kronos by Maria Rosario aka "Auri DeMeer"
The Problem with Time-Travel by Richard H. Jones
Time Travelling and Turning by Troels Forchammer

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: The "Potions Master"
Essence of Snape by Victoria Jones
Snivellus, Professor, Death Eater, and Spy: The Four Faces of Snape by Anna-Louise George aka "Cookie"
The Sociology of Severus Snape by Kari Ratliff aka "dog star"
Professor Severus Snape: A Case of Cauldron Meltdown? by J. Libby aka "Siriusdanger"
Professor Snape and the Defense Against the Dark Arts Position by S. Schweder aka "Serpentine"
The Public Snape by Cindy Eric
Severus Snape and Molly Weasley: Common Threads by Jeanne Kimsey aka "Silver Ink Pot"
Snape's Patronus by Brendan R. Courtsal aka "The Crookshank"
Severus Snape and the Cult of Fear by "Inkwolf"
Voldemort's Pawns by Alexander Benesch aka "Stic"

Who Is the Half-Blood Prince

Cross-Reference of Page Numbers UK and US Hardcover & Trade Softcover Editions


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The title of this book required intense brain beating. That wasn't just because we wanted to be clever… it was because we wanted to be accurate.

   What is this book about? Of course, it's about sleuthing Harry Potter. The discussions in this anthology delve deep into the riddles surrounding our favorite boy wizard, as the mysteries of JK Rowling's series become increasingly intricate. We are in the heart of the septology, and our heads are brewing with questions about the characters, the plot, and even the wizarding world. We could use a little magic to help boost our brain power and help sort through it all, and that is what Melissa has conjured for us with her cover art entitled "Pondering Potions".

This book is your recipe for a cauldronful of thought-provoking discussions. However, it's not just a slew of clues. You are about to be entertained with some of the most intriguing character profiles, brain teasers, and plot analyses you have ever read. And the best part of all, is that it is all in one place - right here in your hand.

Since this is a Wizarding World Press book, it has a very special perspective - a fan's perspective. These fan authors have taken some of the trickier subjects and pondered their meanings. There is a wide range of writing styles and subjects, so you may not love every one, but we are confident you will find many true gems to keep you busy sleuthing until the end of the series.

We now know a lot more about the mysteries that have bugged us through the first four books. Questions such as why Voldemort wants to kill Harry, why it seems as if Snape can read minds, or why Harry has to keep going back to the Dursleys each summer are now mostly resolved. Therefore, these fan-authors have looked ahead to who and what they feel will have significance for the ending as well as the entire septology, and provided fascinating studies into those subjects. We tried to cover as many popular topics as we could, but we can't possibly include them all. Nevertheless, we are sure you will have more than enough to fill your heads on this first such endeavor.

Consider this book to be a "snapshot" of what is going on with Harry Potter fandom at this moment in time. As JK Rowling is completing Book 6, fans are busy piecing together clues from interviews, chats, the previous books, and JK Rowling's own website. What are fans thinking? What theories do they have? What sparks their imagination? This book captures the essence of the fan's perspective. It documents the experience for us, and for any others who may wish to peer into our crystal balls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2005

    Utterly Brilliant

    This book really takes the series into will find yourself open mouthed at all the new clues, and things you may have missed or just plain dismissed too. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    A Great Guide

    This book brings up many interesting ideas and concepts. It's a fantastic companion to any Harry Potter fan who wants to delve farther into the Wizarding World.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2005

    Great book for any Harry Potter fan!

    This is one of the best fan books I've ever read. It is composed of many different authors, aging from 8 to nearly 50! It makes you think, and imagine the possible happenings of Harry and his friends. A great buy for your Potter-crazy friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Great Book

    I recently purchased the book, and enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2004

    great go sherant!

    Great book! Love the illustrations!

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