The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

Paperback Blackwell Philosophy & Pop Culture (Paperback)

Edited by William Irwin, Edited by Gregory Bassham

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470398256
  • ISBN 13: 9780470398258
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 49,214

Product description

A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book HarryPotter series Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popularbook series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry,Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil isone of the many things that make this series special. TheUltimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles inJ.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back toGodric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moralreasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether SiriusBlack is a man or a dog. With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movieHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this bookwill be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate theseries on a deeper level. * Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption ofSeverus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizardingworld * Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters,plot lines, and themes * Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books andmovies Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The UltimateHarry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyoneinterested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greaterissues at work in the story.

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GREGORY BASSHAM is chair of the Philosophy Department and aprofessor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre,Pennsylvania. He is coeditor of the forthcoming The Hobbit andPhilosophy and has coedited The Lord of the Rings andPhilosophy, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, and Basketball and Philosophy. WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King'sCollege in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophyand popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestsellingThe Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles,including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, andAlice in Wonderland and Philosophy.

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'Packedwith interesting ideas and insights an ideal companion foranyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring thegreater issues. (Planet-Print, July2011).

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Is it always wrong to use a love potion? Is death something to be feared . . . or "mastered"? What can Severus Snape teach us about the possibility of redemption? Is love the most powerful magic of all? J. K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter books may appear to be simple children's tales on the surface, but like Hogwarts, they conceal many hidden chambers, trapdoors, and perplexing secrets. Drawing on all seven books in the Harry Potter series, "The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy" offers a powerful brew of insights about good and evil, love, death, power, sacrifice, and hope. Is it true, as Dumbledore says, that our choices reveal far more about us than our abilities do? Is there an afterlife, and what might it be like? Here's a Pensieve for your thoughts. So take a healthy slug of Baruffio's Brain Elixir and join Bassham's Army of talented philosophers in exploring the mind-stretching deeper questions of the Potter books and films. To learn more about the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, visit BLACKWELL PHILOSOPHY AND POP CULTURE SERIES This book has not been approved, licensed, or sponsored by any entity or person involved in creating or producing Harry Potter, the book series, or films.

Table of contents

Foreword by Tom Morris. Acknowledgments: Some House Points I'd Like to Make. Introduction: Harry Potter and the Enchantment ofPhilosophy. PART ONE The Horcrux of the Matter: Destiny, Identity, andthe Soul. 1 The Soul in Harry Potter (Scott Sehon). 2 Sirius Black: Man or Dog? (Eric Saidel). 3 Destiny in the Wizarding World (Jeremy Pierce). PART TWO The Most Powerful Magic of All. 4 Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape (CatherineJack Deavel and David Paul Deavel). 5 Love Potion No. 9 (Gregory Bassham). 6 Harry Potter, Radical Feminism, and the Power of Love (AnneCollins Smith). PART THREE Potterwatch: Freedom and Politics. 7 Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging(Andrew P. Mills). 8 Dumbledore's Politics (Beth Admiraal and Regan LanceReitsma). 9 Dumbledore, Plato, and the Lust for Power (David LayWilliams and Alan J. Kellner). PART FOUR The Room of Requirement: A PotterPotpourri. 10 Is Dumbledore Gay? Who's to Say? (Tamar SzaboGendler). 11 Choices vs. Abilities: Dumbledore on Self-Understanding(Gregory Bassham). 12 The Magic of Personal Transformation (S. JoelGarver). 13 Just in Your Head? J. K. Rowling on Separating Reality fromIllusion (John Granger with Gregory Bassham). 14 A Pensieve for Your Thoughts? Harry Potter and the Magic ofMemory (Amy Kind). 15 A Hogwarts Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly(Gregory Bassham). PART FIVE Beyond the Veil: Death, Hope, and Meaning. 16 The Real Secret of the Phoenix: Moral Regeneration throughDeath (Charles Talia). 17 Beyond Godric's Hollow: Life after Death and the Search forMeaning (Jonathan L. Walls and Jerry L. Walls). 18 Why Harry and Socrates Decide to Die: Virtue and the CommonGood (Michael W. Austin). Contributors: The Hogwarts (for Muggles) Faculty. The Marauder's Index.