Bibliographic Details

The ultimate Harry Potter and philosophy : Hogwarts for Muggles / edited by Gregory Bassham.

Imprint Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2010.
Description xv, 288 p. ; 23 cm.
Language English
Series The Blackwell philosophy and pop culture series
Blackwell philosophy and popculture series.
Subject Rowling, J. K. -- Philosophy.
Rowling, J. K. -- Themes, motives.
Rowling, J. K. -- Characters.
Rowling, J. K.
Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)
Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Imaginary organization)
Philosophy in literature.
Children's stories, English -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Characters and characteristics.
Children's stories, English.
Fantasy fiction, English.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Imaginary organization)
Philosophy in literature.
Themes, motives.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Other authors / contributors Bassham, Gregory, 1959-
ISBN 9780470398258 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
0470398256 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Ultimate Harry Potter: Hogwarts for Muggles, is a fresh and distinctive report on the great ideas in the series. All the authors of these chapters have had the advantage of thinking through their chosen issues, and writing up their conclusions after the entire Potter storyline was complete, and Rowling had even had her say in public about things that never made it into the pages of the official texts. The philosophers and other top Harry Potter experts gathered together here offer new voices and new perspectives on many of the most important ideas that come up in the books--some of which can be genuinely life changing. Reading this book will be like putting on a Philosophical De-Coder Ring. It will show you vital aspects of the deepest story that lies behind these famous stories"--
Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Introduction: Harry Potter and the Enchantment of Philosophy
  • Part 1. The Horcrux of the Matter: Destiny, Identity, and the Soul
  • 1. The Soul in Harry Potter
  • 2. Sirius Black: Man or Dog?
  • 3. Destiny in the Wizarding World
  • Part 2. The Most Powerful Magic of All
  • 4. Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape
  • 5. Love Potion #9¾
  • 6. Harry Potter, Radical Feminism, and the Power of Love
  • Part 3. Potterwatch: Freedom and Politics
  • 7. Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging
  • 8. Dumbledore's Politics
  • 9. Dumbledore, Plato, and the Lust for Power
  • Part 4. The Room of Requirement: A Potter Potpourri
  • 10. Is Dumbledore Gay? Who's to Say?
  • 11. Choices vs. Abilities: Dumbledore on Self-Understanding
  • 12. The Magic of Personal Transformation
  • 13. Just in Your Head? J. K. Rowling on Separating Reality from Illusion
  • 14. A Pensieve for Your Thoughts? Harry Potter and the Magic of Memory
  • 15. A Hogwarts Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Part 5. Beyond the Veil: Death, Hope, and Meaning
  • 16. The Real Secret of the Phoenix: Moral Regeneration through Death
  • 17. Beyond Godric's Hollow: Life after Death and the Search for Meaning
  • 18. Why Harry and Socrates Decide to Die: Virtue and the Common Good
  • Contributors: The Hogwarts (for Muggles) Faculty
  • The Marauders'
  • Index