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Fun with wizarding history
on May 23, 2011
I enjoyed this book, because it gives you more about Harry's world by exploring the real history that the wizarding world is built on. There are interesting chapters about where bezoars, mandrakes, the Philosopher's Stone, or particular spells and potions came from, and how they were used by Muggles throughout history (and photos of real bezoars and other things that looked like they belonged in Prof. Snape's classroom). The book also uses history to tell you more about wizarding institutions like Hogwarts, the Ministry and Wizengamot, Gringotts, and pureblood elite families like the Malfoys, or groups like the werewolves.
I liked the timeline at the start of the book, comparing Muggle and wizarding history. It's well-written and an amusing read for Potter fans who want to know more about some of the characters and the wizarding world as a whole----sort of like a book version of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park.