Book Review: The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A treasury of myths, legends and fascinating facts, by David Colbert.

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Number of pages: 287
Read between: 17th-24th March
Published (this edition): 2005
Publisher: Puffin
Rating: 3-5-stars

Review: This book, depsite not being endorsed by J.K. Rowling (:O) is full of facts and the history of many myths and legends surrounding Harry Potter; unicorns, potions, and of course, Magic, among other things. It is better as a coffee table book rather than something you read cover to cover (like I did) as the alphabetised sections make it easy to flick back and forth to subjects that interest you.

Although the edition I own only goes up to Order of the Phoenix, meaning its a little out of date- it’s well researched. However, not all the theories about names for example, are not his own, the author has clearly considered much about the magical historical knowledge to inform the reader of the wizarding world before Harry.

It is written with quote simple language though, so it is clearly aimed at younger readers- when I first read it when I myself was younger the language did not seem as patronising but despite that, I still enjoyed it. Expanding the Potter universe is always a good thing in my book.

I’d recommend this book if you’re interested or curious about the origins of the myths and legends that may have inspired J.K. Rowling whilst she was creating Harry Potter and his world. It’s a quick read, so it’s not something you have to be committed to 🙂

I’m curious as to what the updated version includes. Horcruxes- I hope.

Thanks for reading!
~Katie
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