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Publisher's Summary

A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time, and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog. This book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level.

  • Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world
  • Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes
  • Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

©2010 John Wiley & Sons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Not what I expected.

To be fair, this may just be that I had expected a book that gave me another perspective on the Potter series and this was not it. As a result, my expectations may have been wrong.

It's a philosophical work and it's heavy. Not being a philosopher, it's hard for me to rate it as such a work. In the book, various writers write essays about a philosophical take on various aspects of Potter stories, such as examination of the nature of a soul in the Potter universe.

If you are into philosophy, then the book is for you. If like me, you're just hooked on Harry Potter and can't get enough of it, it's the wrong book.

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Great discussion/thoughts

I really enjoyed thinking about this series from an academic perspective. The series was so very entertaining it is hard to believe this could add another fantastic layer.

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If I could get my credit back I would.

Any additional comments?

The basis for the arguments in this book are completely flawed. Perfect example, you cant use traits of werewolfs or boggart to deduce if Sirius who is a animagus is a man or dog. Its comparing apples and oranges. I kept listening hoping the next chapter would be better but I was wrong. By the third or fourth chapter I had to turn it off as I found myself angrily yelling back at my phone. I get that is a debate about a fictional world. However, Rowling did such an amazing job creating this world that there is now excuse for for this level of failure. I expected a lot more and was disappointed.

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Thought-provoking!

An intellectual feast for those hungry for more Harry Potter, especially if you enjoy thinking about the deeper themes :)

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The Perfect Love Child of Potter and Philosophy

Would you listen to The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy again? Why?

This is such an interesting read/ listen for those who enjoy the intricate workings of the Harry Potter universe as well as the complex subject of philosophy and the many different of schools of thought within the subject. I would listen to this over and over again because it is genuinely interesting and original. I also love that is a collaboration piece and you are able to enjoy the thoughts of a few different authors making this book diverse and challenging.

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Philosophically shortsighted and repetitive.

I didn't like it. I have minimal experience in philosophy, but felt the authors made it logical conclusions in some cases oh, we're quite contradictory in other cases, and beat explanations of trivial concepts to death.

this book might be more appropriate for a Harry Potter fan in high school as it raises reasonable questions.

I found the performance mediocre-at-best. There were several times we are her voice sounded mechanical as though I was listening to turn by turn directions

I force myself to read to chapter 12 but couldn't take it anymore. this is only the second of approximately 70 books on Audible that I refuse to finish.

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I must read or listen to as the case may be

extremely enjoyable highly educational a must-read for Harry Potter fans regardless of which house you aspire to

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Fascinating

This book adds a whole new dimension to the Series. Although I've read it twice, it inspired me to go back and read it again with a new perspective.

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a wonderful philosophical view on the saga.

I learned a great deal about life and death and leading a morally sound judgment through the magnificent books by jk Rowling

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Insightful

I enjoyed the arguments put forth by this book. I thought most of it was insightful and on point. My only, vain, complaint is that the narrator said some of the names in a way to which I'm not accustomed.

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  • KatDLF
  • 01-22-16

Awful, patronising narrator

A lot of the content is fascinating and thought-provoking.

However, the narrator sets my teeth on edge with her patronising tone and does a rubbish job of differentiating when she's reading quotations. She also barely attempts to give the characters within those quotations distinct voices.

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  • AngeM
  • 12-09-15

Crap book

Terrible book do not buy its just using the Harry Potter sieries to get downloads

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  • Jennie Smith
  • 07-06-18

Terrible

Absolutely rubbish. This book is about Philosophy and just tags bits of Harry Potter on to get the title. The vast majority of it is mind numbingly boring and also complete crap. 1st book I've ever returned.

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  • 09-30-16

Well worth my time!

Very thought provoking and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to a well-rounded philosophical analysis of the Harry Potter series.

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  • Katrina
  • 09-13-18

Oh my goodness! STOP!!

The content might be great back I couldn’t make it through the first chapter after the foreword. The narrators voice is infuriating! Why is she using upwards inflections at ever pause? At the end of every sentence?!! I can’t deal.

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  • Constantly Tired
  • 09-11-18

Narrator is not the best

This would have been better if the narrator didn't have such a repetitive tone ugh.