- 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
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide Paperback – June 1, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.
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?Read more ›
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Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
This isn't the very best Harry Potter guide I've read, but it's pretty good. No two guidebooks feature the same insights or editorial slant. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Aisling D.
Fun facts and side notes for the Harry Potter fan. It was a great gift for our son. He loves it.Published on January 2, 2014 by Steiner Schaufel
This book has an interesting foundation for becoming a great book, I just don't think the author elaborated enough on each subject. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Maria
It is much more for people who have interest in origins of things or history than it is for true Harry Potter Fans. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Tina C.
I am currently taking a literature course on Harry Potter, it is part of a children's literature minor that I am going for. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Like many, a little disappointed at the final end of the harry Potter series (?), I found this to be an excellent background. Not to mention amusing. Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by Bertram Wooster
I bought this book for my children, and myself. I expected it to be a bit more, but my children found it to be informative. Read morePublished on August 31, 2007 by D. Devine
i would give it 5 stars but it was'nt as informative as i would have likedPublished on August 15, 2007 by Mark Johnson