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Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide Paperback – June 1, 2005

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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571744401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571744401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Beahm is a full-time non-fiction writer who specializes in business books and popular culture. He is a NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, L.A. TIMES, and USA TODAY bestselling writer, and his books have been published in over 20 countries worldwide and in every major language. His website is at: www.GeorgeBeahm.com.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Book6Factfinder on July 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Author George Beahm has done a nice job with this book. Discussions of folklore and creatures are entertaining, although it must be noted that the book only covers the first 5 books in the series. Author George Beahm presents the information in a well-organized and easy approach. As a big HP fan, I personally consider Breahm along with author Daniel Lawrence of the new HARRY POTTER BOOK 6 TRIVIA BOOK as the two best experts on HP insights. I found it fun to read this book for an early Books 1-5 refresher and then read author Daniel Lawrence's ULTIMATE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE TRIVIA BOOK to fully see how much information I still didn't know about HP. Great companion pieces to your HP collection. An avid adult HP fan, I recommend the above.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dabney Lyons on July 21, 2005
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Much like his previous book, Muggles and Magic, this newest work by George Beahm is packed with interesting information and insights. Most of us, having general knowledge about mythology and folklore (and therefore understanding some of the clever connections and allusions Rowling makes in the naming of characters and items), sense that there are likely many references we don't quite get. Fortunately for us, Beahm has done all of the work required to make reading Harry Potter a far richer, more complex experience. From his exploration of the significance of names to his thorough catalog of the various attributes of the fantastic creatures that appear both in Harry Potter and world mythology, Beahm gets it all down in an extremely comprehensive and easy-to-read way.

One of the best things about this book is its layout. For example: this Guide has one of the best tables of contents that I've seen in a reference book of this sort, and the index is equally wonderful. If it's mentioned in a Harry Potter book and Beahm's explored its deeper meaning and connections to our world, a reader will easily find any creature, item, term, or character she's looking for. In Beahm's last book, I found myself somewhat distracted by the numerous sidebars and inserts. In Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide, the sidebars and inserts are perfectly placed--they are unobtrusive but won't get overlooked, which is all to the good: they're wonderful asides to the main text and only help to enhance the reader's understanding of the connections between Rowling's world and the more fanstastic aspects of our own. The illustrations are also wonderful, offering the eye a place to rest and setting off the main text in a whimsical manner.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Muggliefan on July 16, 2005
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George Breahm has written a very concise book on the fiction and folklore that encompasses Harry Potter. This book does not cover any new aspects of the HBP Book 6, but Breahm gives a very easy-to-read and detailed review of the first 5 books in the series.

For even more INSIGHTS, CLUES and MYSTERIES, I also recommend to serious HP fans to read the newly released ULTIMATE UNOFFICIAL HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BOOK 6 TRIVIA BOOK by author Daniel Lawrence as it is a great guide to the HBP Book 6, Movie 4 and the new mysteries leading into Book 7. Authors Breahm and Lawrence are to be applauded for their works.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane Easterly on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I picked up George Beahm's new book, Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World, I had just finished reading the first five books in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series in preparation for the publication of book six. This was perfect timing.

This is not a book to read start to finish in one sitting, as it is necessarily repetitive in the four sections (Fabulous Beasts, Wizards through the Ages, All Things in the Magical World, and Enchanting Places). It's better sampled in pieces at will, or used as a reference guide by clueless relatives or friends of rabid Harry Potter fans. Sometimes the explanations wander off topic a bit, but this does not prove to be too distracting, especially if one browses through the book instead of reading it in order.

Fact, Fiction, and Folklore might just as well be called Fact, Fiction, Folklore and Fantasy Literature. Beahm frequently refers to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and to other fantasy works as well. If a Harry Potter fan is seeking suggestions of other books to read while awaiting book seven, this book could be mined for titles.

The artwork is delightful. I find Tim Kirk's whimsical drawings alone worth the price of the book.

I had made some of the real world connections to folklore and language that Beahm makes, but I learned many new things as well. I learned, for instance, that Nicholas Flamel was a real historical alchemist who lived six hundred years ago.

It is sometimes difficult to tell when the text about Rowling's fantasy world ends and the description of real world parallels begins, and my one real issue with the book is that it can't decide who its audience is. Devoted fan? Someone who hasn't read the books but might? Clueless friends and family of fans?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 5, 2005
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If you want an unofficial guide to Harry Potter's characters and commentary on their roots in other fantasy classics, use George Beahm's Fact, Fiction And Folklore In Harry Potter's World, an intriguing survey of over 300 entries to locate the myths, legends, literature and history in the Potter novels. From beasts and wizards to zombies, owls and amulets, this visual Harry Potter companion is much more than whimsy: it traces the literary roots - and often, the origins- of Potter's creations in traditional mythic literature.
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