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The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived
     

The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived

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by Neil Mulholland
 

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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

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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!

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It is perhaps the breadth and diversity of these essays that leave the collection feeling slightly uneven but allow various types of readers to browse it with some satisfaction. The selections are by professors, psychoanalysts, graduate students, and clinical psychologists. Robin Rosenberg's "What Do Students Learn from Hogwarts Classes?" seems a well-suited (and entertaining) addition to the syllabus of an education major, not "just" a Potter enthusiast. Some of the genuinely good pop-psychology fun comes from essays on such topics as Dobby and self-mutilation; Lord Voldemort and antisocial personality disorders; the romantic attachment styles of Ron, Harry, and Hermione; and, yes, even Harry Potter therapy (step-by-step instruction on "learning to cast positive spells of thought instead of negative"). This book would be an innovative choice for educators looking to engage older students of literary criticism or theoretical psychology; it's a hit-or-miss indulgence for fans of the series.-Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935251378
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Series:
Psychology of Popular Culture
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
558,130
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Neil Mulholland, PhD, is a senior child psychologist at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He specializes in psychotherapeutic assessment and counseling for children, trauma treatment, leadership education and training, and child psychotherapy. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Of-The-Eagles 10 months ago
This is quite an interesting textbook filled with essays on various psychological topics. Each author presents a point of view that may agree or disagree with other authors in this compilation of psychological papers. It is especially valuable for the Psychology scholar who is also a fan of the Harry Potter series. If you are a Harry Potter fan but aren't interested in the psychological theories that are represented in the series, it's unlikely you would enjoy this compliation. However, if you are a student of Psychology, the issues presented from the book series and compared to real-life problems people have, you will find are quite relevant and similar. The authors provide realistic pschotherapy methods that, while using a fictional character as reference, can help others overcome personal issues such as anxiety and negative thinking. As in all psychological works, the references provided are an excelent source for additional study on specific topics presented. I love the Harry Potter series and I am studying psychology so I was intrigued by a book entitled "The Psychology of Harry Potter". I didn't agree with each viewpoint presented but as a whole, I thought the book was an excellent complilation on the various psychologies written into the now eight book series. JK Rowling truly understands the human condition from the early adolescent to adult, especially when dealing with issues of abuse and traumatic events. An excellent read-both the Harry Potter series and this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This goes into the real stuff. The sientific phsycology of the caracters and why they react to things in a cirtian way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
holly7383 More than 1 year ago
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.
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COOL
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