Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived / Edition 1by Neil Mulholland
Pub. Date: 05/01/2007
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Harry Potter has provided a portal to the wizarding world for millions of readers, but an examination of Harry, his friends and his enemies will take us on yet another journey: through the psyche of the Muggle (and wizard!) mind. The twists and turns of the series, as well as the psychological depth and complexity of J. K. Rowling’s characters, have kept… See more details below
Harry Potter has provided a portal to the wizarding world for millions of readers, but an examination of Harry, his friends and his enemies will take us on yet another journey: through the psyche of the Muggle (and wizard!) mind. The twists and turns of the series, as well as the psychological depth and complexity of J. K. Rowling’s characters, have kept fans enthralled with and puzzling over the many mysteries that permeate Hogwarts and beyond: Do the Harry Potter books encourage disobedience? Why is everyone so fascinated by Professor Lupin? What exactly will Harry and his friends do when they finally pass those N.E.W.T.s? Do even wizards live by the ticking of the clock? Is Harry destined to end up alone? And why did it take Ron and Hermione so long to get together? Now, in The Psychology of Harry Potter, leading psychologists delve into the ultimate Chamber of Secrets, analyzing human mind and motivation by examining the themes and characters that make the Harry Potter books the bestselling fantasy series of all time. Grab a spot on the nearest couch, and settle in for some fresh revelations about our favorite young wizard!
Table of Contents
Introduction Neil Mulholland, Ph.D. 1
What Kind of School is Hogwarts?
What Do Students Learn from Hogwarts Classes? Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. 5
Harry's Curiosity Susan Engel, Ph.D. Sam Levin 19
Intergroup Conflict in the World of Harry Potter Melissa J. Beers, Ph.D. Kevin J. Apple 33
"Have You Got What It Takes to Train Security Trolls?" Shoshana D. Kerewsky, Psy.D. Lissa Joy Geiken, M.Ed. 45
Hogwarts Academy Charles W. Kalish Emma C. Kalish 59
Will Harry Be Okay?
Attachment Styles at Hogwarts Wind Goodfriend, Ph.D. 75
What Harry and Fawkes Have in Common Misty Hook, Ph.D. 91
Harry Potter and the Resilience to Adversity Danielle M. Provenzano Richard E. Heyman 105
Is Magic Real?
Discovering Magic Karl S. Rosengren, Ph.D. Emily C. Rosengren 123
The Magical World of Muggles Carol Nemeroff, Ph.D. 135
Time and Time Again Peter A. Hancock Michelle K. Gardner 153
The Weird World of Wizards
The Social Dynamics of Power and Cooperation in the Wizarding World NancyFranklin, Ph.D. 169
Mental Illness in the World of Wizardry Jessica Leigh Murakami 175
"Dobby Had to Iron His Hands, Sir!": Self-Inflicted Cuts, Burns, and Bruises in Harry Potter E. David Klonsky, Ph.D. Rebecca Laptook, M.A. 189
The Weird World of Muggles
The Werewolf in the Wardrobe Siamak Tundra Naficy 207
Exploring the Dark Side Christopher J. Patrick, Ph.D. Sarah K. Patrick 221
Harry Potter and the Word That Shall Not Be Named Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D. 233
Evolution, Development, and the Magic of Harry Potter David H. Rakison Caroline Simard, BSc., DMV 249
Learning From Harry
Using Psychological Treatment with Harry Neil Mulholland, Ph.D. 265
Defense Against the Real Dark Arts Patricia A. Rippetoe, Ph.D. 283
Resisting Social Influence Melanie C. Green, Ph.D. 299
Harry Potter and the Magic of Transformation Laurie J. Pahel 311
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I don't know why this book had to be written. At all. All of those questions could be answered by a loyal Harry Potter fan! Watch, these are the answers: No, why would you suggest that? Who said people were? Um, did you even read the Epilouge? Of course. Love doesn't happen quickly. See? There's no point to the book!
This goes into the real stuff. The sientific phsycology of the caracters and why they react to things in a cirtian way.
There's some interesting concepts in this book. Some of the essays were easier to read than others and I'll have to read this again to better understand it but I do want to read it again. The first two essays are my favoritenevenif they werethe shortest.