Field Guide to Harry Potter
Everything you need to know about Harry Potter!
From plot summaries to refresh your memory (Do you remember which book introduces the character of Luna Lovegood?) to a delightful glossary of characters, places, spells and special objects (Do you know what the spell aparecium does?), this book, authored by Colin Duriez, is designed to be an excellent companion to the Harry Potter books.
With loads of quotes from interviews, you'll learn all about J. K. Rowling's life and her literary influences. Chapters on the spirituality of Potter explore the question of how Rowling's faith is reflected in the stories, what she believes about witchcraft and how the stories fit with Christian tradition.
(Note: unauthorized version)
"Harry Potter fans mourning the end of the series now have good reason to cheer. In the Field Guide to Harry Potter, Colin Duriez combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the Potterverse with a careful analysis of its thematic ingredients and position in the literary canon. Packed with invaluable lists, overviews and timelines, this book also delivers profound insights about the moral importance of J. K. Rowling's stories and the meaningful tradition that informs them."
"The Field Guide to Harry Potter puts the monumental works of J. K. Rowling in the literary context of great Christian writers of the past-- which is where they belong. Besides all this, it was a delight to read. Those who are bereaved of reading the Harry Potter books after the seventh now have a field guide not only to Rowling's works but to the rich historic tapestry of similar literature into which it has been woven and from which many of its varied threads were gathered."
Very readable book.
"One thing Potter devotees can bank on, however, is that Duriez ('A Field Guide to Narnia') knows his material inside out and has amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of the great classics of children's literature and the Western intellectual cannon-which he employs judiciously to situate everything from 'the wizarding world' in the romantic tradition to the relationship between Hogwarts and the classic 'school story.'"
Abbreviations and Frequent Contractions
Part One: The World of Harry Potter
1. The Life and Times of J. K. Rowling
2. Key Themes in Harry Potter
3. J. K. Rowling´s Spiritual World View
4. Images of Good and Evil
5. Standing in the Great Tradition of Children´s Literature
6. The Storyteller´s Craft
Part Two: An Abecedarian Guide to Harry Potter´s World
7. An A-Z of Beings, Places, Things and Events
Appendix 1: There and Back Again: An Overview of the Seven Stories
Appendix 2: A Harry Potter Timeline
Appendix 3: Books about J. K. Rowling's Deeper Magic