The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy Hogwarts for Muggles

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-09-14
Publisher(s): Wiley
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The book covers many philosophical ideals like; life & death, souls, transformation, destiny & fate, love, politics & power, memory and self enlightenment. It explores these ideas through the stories, like how Snape's love for Harry's mom redeems him, or how Dumbledore was enlightened enough to know he should not wield political power.

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy Hogwarts for Muggles: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series, this text 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.

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.

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.

"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"

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Harry Potter and the Enchantment of Philosophy
The Horcrux of the Matter: Destiny, Identity, and the Soul
The Soul in Harry Potter
Sirius Black: Man or Dog?
Destiny in the Wizarding World
The Most Powerful Magic of All
Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape
Love Potion #9¾
Harry Potter, Radical Feminism, and the Power of Love
Potterwatch: Freedom and Politics
Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging
Dumbledore's Politics
Dumbledore, Plato, and the Lust for Power
The Room of Requirement: A Potter Potpourri
Is Dumbledore Gay? Who's to Say?
Choices vs. Abilities: Dumbledore on Self-Understanding
The Magic of Personal Transformation
Just in Your Head? J. K. Rowling on Separating Reality from Illusion
A Pensieve for Your Thoughts? Harry Potter and the Magic of Memory
A Hogwarts Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Beyond the Veil: Death, Hope, and Meaning
The Real Secret of the Phoenix: Moral Regeneration through Death
Beyond Godric's Hollow: Life after Death and the Search for Meaning
Why Harry and Socrates Decide to Die: Virtue and the Common Good
Contributors: The Hogwarts (for Muggles) Faculty
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