Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

Series Editor: William Irwin
Edited by: Gregory Bassham
ISBN: 978-0470398258
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Packaged in a fascinating brew of philosophical insights into the world of Harry Potter, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles offers a thoroughly mesmerizing read. Covering all seven books in the series, pop culture and philosophy comes packaged together in The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy, offering a potpourri of exciting details that shine light beyond what we already know about the magical world of Harry Potter.

Exploring the deeper meanings underlying the philosophical themes recurrent in Harry Potter series, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy provides mind-bending dozes of enthralling explanations for both pop culture and philosophy buffs. Brace yourself for an intriguing assortment of topics that are comprehensively explored, ranging from love potions to destiny in the Wizarding World to the redemption of Severus Snape among many others.

I was particularly captivated with the chapter on death, hope and meaning. What can this book teach us about the meaning of life and death? As it turns out, a lot. Equally enjoyable are segments dedicated to the magic of personal transformation and the good, the bad and the ugly of a Hogwarts education. Would you want to send your kids to Hogwarts? Just consider all of your long-awaited questions answered. And yes, this includes even answers to those questions nagging at the back of your mind ever since you have finished reading and re-reading the series.

In this comprehensive philosophical guide to the Potter world, we are also given the chance to learn the profound meanings of the lives of our favorite characters and the outcomes of their actions. Why Harry decides to die? Is Dumbledore a libertarian? What does Snape’s actions reflect? Not only you will gain a fuller understanding on the concepts of love, death, good, evil, sacrifice and hope in the world of Harry Potter, but you as a person will be revitalized by what you learn in the philosophical backdrop of the Potter series. Let’s just say that even J.K.Rowling would have to be fascinated by the philosophical spin on the texts she has penned that we all have grown so fond of.

A truly magical and provocative collection of philosophical wisdom into the Wizarding World, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is your ultimate companion to explore the deeper meanings of the concepts and themes recurrent in the Potter series. Thoroughly enjoyable from cover-to-cover, it truly is close-the-last-page-and-look-at-the-world-of-Harry-Potter-differently good! A must-read not only for every die-hard Harry Potter fan, but also for every philosophy fanatic. It would be a real joy if you happen to be both, like myself. Oh, what a treat!

Reviewed by Hamdhoon Rashad for Bookpleasures.com