The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

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A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series

Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after ...

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Overview

A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series

Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog.

With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level.

  • Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world
  • Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes
  • Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470398258
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series , #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 295,732
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

GREGORY BASSHAM is chair of the Philosophy Department and a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is coeditor of the forthcoming The Hobbit and Philosophy and has coedited The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, and Basketball and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Morris Morris, Tom

Acknowledgments: Some House Points I'd Like to Award

Introduction: Harry Potter and the Enchantment of Philosophy 1

PART ONE The Horcrux of the Matter: Destiny, Identity, and the Soul

1 The Soul in Harry Potter Scott Sehon Sehon, Scott 7

2 Sirius Black: Man or Dog? Eric Saidel Saidel, Eric 22

3 Destiny in the Wizarding World Jeremy Pierce Pierce, Jeremy 35

PART TWO The Most Powerful Magic of All

4 Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape David Paul Deavel Deavel, David Paul 53

5 Love Potion No. 93/4 Gregory Bassham Bassham, Gregory 66

6 Harry Potter, Radical Feminism, and the Power of Love Anne Collins Smith Smith, Anne Collins 80

PART THREE Potterwatch: Freedom and Politics

7 Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging Andrew P. Mills Mills, Andrew P. 97

8 Dumbledore's Politics Regan Lance Reitsma Reitsma, Regan Lance 113

9 Dumbledore, Plato, and the Lust for Power Alan J. Kellner Kellner, Alan J. 128

PART FOUR The Room of Requirement: A Potter Potpourri

10 Is Dumbledore Gay? Who's to Say? Tamar Szabo Gendler Gendler, Tamar Szabo 143

11 Choices vs. Abilities: Dumbledore on Self-Understanding Gregory Bassham Bassham, Gregory 157

12 The Magic of Personal Transformation S. Joel Garver Garver, S. Joel 172

13 Just in Your Head? J. K. Rowling on Separating Reality from Illusion Gregory Bassham Bassham, Gregory 185

14 A Pensieve for Your Thoughts? Harry Potter and the Magic of Memory Amy Kind Kind, Amy 198

15 A Hogwarts Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Gregory Bassham Bassham, Gregory 212

PART FIVE Beyond The Veil: Death, Hope, and Meaning

16 The Real Secret of the Phoenix: Moral Regeneration through Death Charles Taliaferro Taliaferro, Charles 229

17 Beyond Godric's Hollow: Life after Death and the Search for Meaning Jerry L. Walls Walls, Jerry L. 246

18 Why Harry and Socrates Decide to Die: Virtue and the Common Good Michael W. Austin Austin, Michael W. 258

Contributors: The Hogwarts (for Muggles) Faculty 271

The Marauder's Index 279

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    enjoyable addition to series

    This is somewhat lighthearted look at the world of HP. It discusses curriculum and educational methods at Hogwarts, among other subjects, from a philosopher's point of view. If you like good, readable (non-pontifical) nonfiction that makes you think, as well as liking HP, this is the book for you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Uh didnt read so ignore rate!!

    Hey im trying to decide to or not to buy the book so could i ask someone who actually wants to talk harry potter on here with me? It would be appreciated.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    Omg

    I love it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    love it!

    this a great book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    This is cody simpson writing this!

    I love my fans and i luv harry potter!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Qwerty

    Im trying to decide if i should buy this book or not and none of these reveiws help so if anybody has read this please write a reveiw that can help me.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Why?...

    Why do people leave random reviews that have nothing to do with the books? Isnt the point to tell if you liked the book or not? I havent read it yet and im deciding if i should but i cant based off these reviews!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    This is from cody 903 316 3477

    The very best book i ever read it has all kimds odlf stuff in like albus dumbledor and snap and sirus and all kinds of interestings in it

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Bad

    Even though i havnt bought the book or even bothered with tje sample,i cwn tell it is a fake cause that is not harry potter on the cover i mean the scar is marker, his mouth doesnt look like that ang his eyes are blue but they are suposed to be green

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Allie

    Puts on a sparkly peace sign tee and jeans then puts her robe on over it. Ties her hair in a cheerleader style ponytail. 'Yay! I can read the nice copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them! Maybe Harry's and Father's!' Leaves to library.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Rose

    "Serpent!" The door flung open. "You didn't hit Potter, Potters not stupid, and you can't kill him he's a horacux! Honestly!" Storms out.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Hogwarts

    SLYTHERIN; PASSWORD: serpent

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    U guyz who said the actors r hot

    Yes, i totally agree with u. But they r in their 20s now and probably married

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    please

    I need a Harry potter bestfriend! Please! Text 5622214614 please. ~Dawn Frazz

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Yes

    The guy who plays Draco is SUPER HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    To the person who wrote this is cody simpson.

    Cody doesnt own an e-reader. But apperently a silly little cody simpson fan with a silly idea does own one!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Reading rebal to why

    Why is all of these reviews of how hot the actors r ? I tottaly
    Agree with u!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Grumble grr

    Hates bad spelling

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Its great

    I love reading the Harry Potter books I thought I would read this book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    ,Makes me feel like...

    a wizarsd!!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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