On Myth and Magic: Harry Potter's Folklore World

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Paperback, 320 pages.

Basilisks and bezoars, mandrakes and manticores: the world of Harry Potter is rich with fantastical creatures and magical objects. Some are from the imagination of J. K. Rowling, but many more are drawn from folklore from around the world. In this encyclopedic exploration of Harry Potter’s folklore world, Robert Waltz traces the origins of beasts, talismans, character names, and thematic elements through ancient literature, the Bible, medieval romances, fairy tales, and ballads. From Achilles to Zombies, this book will deepen your appreciation for all of the strands that join to create the magic of Harry Potter. 

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Author Robert B. Waltz
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