• Harry Potter and History

  • Wiley Pop Culture and History, Book 1
  • By: Nancy R. Reagin
  • Narrated by: Rachel Perry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Potter lives in a world that is both magical and historical. Hogwarts pupils ride an old-fashioned steam train to school, notes are taken on parchment with quill pens, and Muggle legends come to life in the form of werewolves, witches, and magical spells. This book is the first to explore the real history in which Harry's world is rooted.

Did you know that bezoars and mandrakes were fashionable luxury items for centuries? Find out how Europeans first developed the potions, spells, and charms taught at Hogwarts, from Avada Kedavra to love charms. Learn how the European prosecution of witches led to the Statute of Secrecy, meet the real Nicholas Flamel, see how the Malfoys stack up against Muggle English aristocrats, and compare the history of the wizarding world to real-life history.

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The breathing is unbearable

After every sentence there is a little “gasp” that you can’t un-hear once you notice it.

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Very entertaining and informational

I highly recommend Harry a history if you have finished the Harry Potter books and want more to read or listen to it’s very entertaining and informational it’s like reading a 8th Harry Potter book the author did a good job making it interesting the book is very good I highly recommend it

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maybe not a bezoar, but surely Lapis lazuli

The people who would most benefit from this book are the ones least likely to read it: high school students. Some chapters attempted to be really creative, but if you didn't already have a euro-history familiarity, vigilance is required to sift real euro-history from the history as it might have been if Potterverse wasn't fiction.

I did find it annoying that this version of "Hogwarts, a Real History" focusing on the European context, there is constant reference to the American title "HP and the Sorcerer's Stone." Why not "...the Philosopher's Stone"? What does this title change tell us about historical context, particularly what Americans don't know?