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Author Colbert, David.
Title The magical worlds of Harry Potter : a treasury of myths, legends, and fascinating facts / David Colbert.
Pub Info New York : Berkley Books, 2004.
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LOCATION CALL # STATUS 
 Edgartown-Children Coll.  J Rowling     AVAILABLE
Edition Rev. and updated, Berkley rev. trade pbk. ed.
Descript 285 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Note Accelerated Reader MG 8.0 5 5 53438
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-270) and index.
Contents Did alchemists really search for a magic stone? -- Who was the most amazing Animagus? -- Is "Avada Kedavra" a real curse? -- Are basilisks just big snakes? -- Which "fantastic beasts" come from legend? -- Why would Sirius black become a black dog? -- Why does the black family appear on a tapestry? -- Which creature doesn't know when to say good-bye? -- Have witches always flown on broomsticks? -- Why would Mundungus Fletcher steal cauldrons? -- Why do centaurs avoid humans? -- What's the favorite trick of Cornish pixies? -- Why would Voldemort put the dark mark on death eaters? -- What story began with a dark and stormy knight? -- Why would chocolate help after escaping a Dementor? -- Does Dumbledore trust divination or doesn't he? -- Which creature is fit for a king? -- Who were the first British wizards? -- Why doesn't dumbledore fight Voldemort? -- Why would Durmstrang students travel by ship? -- Where does magic come from? -- Which character can't die? -- Was the real Flamel a successful alchemist? -- Why would fluffy come from "a Greek chappie"? -- Why would the forest near Hogwarts be "forbidden"? -- What does ice cream have to do with witchcraft? -- Are all giants all bad? -- Which real-life creature still eludes scientists? -- Why are Harry and Cedric like knights of the round table? -- Why are goblins such good bankers? -- Which of Draco's sidekicks is also named for a dragon? -- Which creature is master of both earth and sky? -- Why do parents worry about Grindylows? -- Where do the nastiest mandrakes grow? -- Which is the least likely magical creature? -- Why would anyone go to school with a Slytherin? -- Which creature may not bow its head? -- What is the most important language for wizards? -- Why is each Malfoy aptly named? -- Why won't wizards go near a Mmanticore? -- Why is the third task set in a maze? -- Why might Mcgonagall appear as a cat? -- Why might a human fear Mmerpeople? -- Why are mirrors magical? -- Which of Voldemort's cohorts comes from India? -- Where do those names come from?! -- What were the models for the order of the phoenix? -- Besides mail, what does the arrival of an owl mean? -- Could Snape's potions actually work? -- What makes Harry a universal hero? -- Why are runes carved on the Pensieve? -- Why does the sphinx ask Harry a question? -- How do you scare a spider? -- Why do trolls stink? -- Why should wizards never be inquisitors? -- How do you catch a unicorn? -- What makes Vveela angry? -- What kind of nightmares created Voldemort? -- Why do wizards use wands? -- Are any of the "famous witches and wizards" real? --did alchemists really search for a magic stone? -- Who was the most amazing Animagus? -- Is "Avada Kkedavra" a real curse? -- Are basilisks just big snakes? -- Which "fantastic beasts" come from legend? -- Why would Sirius black become a black dog? -- Why does the black family appear on a tapestry? -- Which creature doesn't know when to say good-bye? -- Have witches always flown on broomsticks? -- Why would MundungusFfletcher steal cauldrons? -- Why do centaurs avoid humans? -- What's the favorite trick of Cornish pixies? -- Why would Voldemort put the dark mark on death eaters? -- What story began with a dark and stormy knight? -- Why would chocolate help after escaping a Dementor? -- Does Dumbledore trust divination or doesn't he? -- Which creature is fit for a king? -- Who were the first British wizards? -- Why doesn't Dumbledore fight Voldemort? -- Why would Durmstrang students travel by ship? -- Where does magic come from? -- Which character can't die? -- Was the real Flamel a successful alchemist? -- Why would fluffy come from "a Greek chappie"? -- Why would the forest near Hogwarts be "forbidden"? -- What does ice cream have to do with witchcraft? -- Are all giants all bad? -- Which real-life creature still eludes scientists? -- Why are Harry and Cedric like knights of the round table? -- Why are goblins such good bankers? -- Which of Draco's sidekicks is also named for a dragon? -- Which creature is master of both earth and sky? -- Why do parents worry about Grindylows? -- Where do the nastiest mandrakes grow? -- Which is the least likely magical creature? -- Why would anyone go to school with a Sslytherin? -- Which creature may not bow its head? -- What is the most important language for wizards? -- Why is each Malfoy aptly named? -- Why won't wizards go near a Manticore? -- Why is the third task set in a maze? -- Why might Mcgonagall appear as a cat? -- Why might a human fear Merpeople? -- Why are mirrors magical? -- Which of Voldemort's cohorts comes from India? -- Where do those names come from?! -- What were the models for the order of the phoenix? -- Besides mail, what does the arrival of an owl mean? -- Would Snape's potions actually work? -- What makes Harry a universal hero? -- Why are runes carved on the Pensieve? -- Why does the sphinx ask Harry a question? -- How do you scare a spider? -- Why do trolls stink? -- Why should wizards never be inquisitors? -- How do you catch a unicorn? -- What makes Veela angry? -- What kind of nightmares created Voldemort? -- Why do wizards use wands? -- Are any of the "famous witches and wizards" real?
Summary Explores the true history, folklore and mythology behind the magical practices, creatures, and personalities that appear in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
Subject Rowling, J. K. -- Characters -- Harry Potter.
Children's stories, English -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)
Wizards in literature.
Magic in literature.
ISBN 9780425198919 (trade pbk.)
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