The Sorcerer's Companion

The Sorcerer's Companion : A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

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The New York Times bestseller, now fully updated to include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Who was the real Nicholas Flamel? How did the SorcererÂs Stone get its power? Did J. K. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didnÂt, who did?

Millions of readers around the world have been enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells, and mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But what most readers donÂt know is that there is a centuries-old trove of true history, folklore, and mythology behind HarryÂs fantastic universe. Now, with The SorcererÂs Companion, those without access to the Hogwarts Library can school themselves in the fascinating reality behind J. K. RowlingÂs world of magic.

Newly updated to include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The SorcererÂs Companion allows curious readers to look up anything magical from the Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining, unexpected information. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in RowlingÂs Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, youÂll also learn:
Âhow to read tea leaves
Âwhere to find a basilisk today
Âhow King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn
Âwho the real Merlin was
Âhow to safely harvest mandrake root
Âwho wore the first invisibility cloak
Âhow to get rid of a goblin
Âwhy owls were feared in the ancient world
Âwhat really lies beyond the Veil
Âthe origins of our modern-day Âbogeyman, and more.

A spellbinding tour of HarryÂs captivating world, The SorcererÂs Companion is a must for every Potter aficionadoÂs bookshelf.

The Sorcerer's Companion has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.
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“A potent blend of fact, fiction and folklore. . . . Thorough research and period prints combine to create a memorable book.”—Publishers Weekly
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About Elizabeth Kronzek

Allan Zola Kronzek is a professional magician and educator who lectures on the history of magic and conjuring. A frequent visiting artist at elementary and middle schools, he is the author of A Book of Magic for Young Magicians: The Secrets of Alkazar. Elizabeth Kronzek, his daughter, is a writer, editor, and historian. She holds a master’s degree in Renaissance history from Princeton University.
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