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O Essencial e Definitivo Harry Potter e a Filosofia - Hogwarts para Muggles (Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #22)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  3,518 ratings  ·  68 reviews
345 pages
Published (first published September 14th 2010)
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Melissa
This book was one of my favorites from 2011. Absolutely loved it. I'm a super huge Harry Potter fan and a fan of philosophy. So the combination of these two things was absolutely awesome.



The Harry Potter books were my friends when I had none. I read them when I was feeling lonely, depressed, etc. They made me happy. I know that sounds sad, but it's very true. They were a great comfort to me. Harry Potter has a very special place in my heart for that reason. But my love for Harry Potter goes bey
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Lucille
The Ultimate Harry Potter Philosphy is a collection of essays that cover a wide range of topics involced in the Harry Potter series. A lot of the material has to do with the last three books, because they have the deepest rooted messages, but there are references to all books in the series. There were a lot of interesting viewpoints that I hadn't really considered. When I read (and adored) the series, I enjoyed it for the amazing plot and characters. I never really looked deeper at the underlyin ...more
Cameo
This book was such a treat to read. Though some of the questions raised were pretty absurd and the writing is pretty redundant, I loved delving into some of the topics that were presented. For example: does the Hogwarts curriculum provide the students all they need to be well rounded individuals? The authors used their knowledge of past philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle to answer the questions you never knew you had (or really, ever will have) about the Potter universe.
Italia8989
Let's play spot-the-typos! Philosophers must be apathetic to spelling and grammar, but the most amusing is the misspelling of Voldemort four consecutive times when this book is about Harry Potter. Ask me how the ten plus different authors of this book managed to miss that. Ask me how the publisher missed it! (This tidbit can be found on page 235.)

"When Harry was attacked as a child and the killing curse rebounded, a piece of Voldermort's soul attached itself to Harry, thus allowing Harry insight
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Tim Gannon
This is by far the best text from this series that I have read - They had some great chapters on philosophy and education, patriotism, death, what makes a good life, remorse, choice and ability, memory and identity - and many more - they were very strong on comparing different philosophical points of view and the philosophers that are associated with those positions - they would relate them to events in the Harry Potter series to help with understanding - It was excellent.

George Irwin
This book was a treasure trove of interesting articles and English major geek out moments. My favorite article was: Is Hogwarts a good school? But there are a lot of philosophical dialemmas - from Animagus "Beast or Man", Dumbledor and Voldemorts "The greater good", to Rowling's take on the soul, love and goodness in Harry Potter. Definitely a recommended read (and quick).
Danielle
I got about halfway through this, but have to put it on hold until I can get a hold of it from the library again. I was reading it in bits and pieces when I had free-time. It is really interesting! Looking forward to finishing it, hopefully soon.
Devon Forest
This was a very interesting read. A lot of these topics I had thought about before and had conversations about so it was nice to see that other people take Harry Potter as seriously as I do. Especially professional philosophers. It was also interesting to see a professional philosopher's take on the topics with references to people such as Plato, Socrates, John Locke, ect… because these are things that I'm not as familiar with. Some essays were more interesting and exciting than others, but I wa ...more
Jj Kwashnak
As a longtime fan of the various "Pop Culture and Philosophy" series of book, I had read the original "Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts" in 2004. At that time there were only 5 books in the series, and the book covered those. With the release of the final two book and the release soon of the first part of the movie adaptation of the final book, it is a good time to revisit the "Boy Who Lived" and what his adventures can tell us about life. Considering that author J.K. Rowli ...more
Shannon
My first taste of pop culture philosophy and I found it quite interesting. Whilst it didn't add much to the actual Harry Potter series, it was interesting look at which theories Rowling represented throughout the series and which ones she inconsistently represented. In saying it didn't add much, it did often make me think about different concepts (both in the fiction and in life) and view characters in ways I never had before. Some chapters I found to be very informative (eg "Sirius Black: Man o ...more
Jaime
I have several books from the Pop Culture and Philosophy series, and have found them worthwhile overall. Like many fans, I'm usually on the lookout for something more to do with my favorite show/film/book, etc. and these are decidedly better than the commonplace "companion" or "encyclopedia." Harry Potter already has an entry in the series, "Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts". That book was very good and gave a new perspective on Pottermania. As the authors mention in the fo ...more
Gabriella O'Toole
I loved reading this book. As a huge Harry Potter fan, this collection of short essays was fascinating. In this book the writers captured the deeper questions of the Potter books and films and compared them to the work of great philosophers ranging from Socrates to William James. I love that the sources used were all very credible, and that they also cited quotes from the Potter books as well. It reminded me of a few small details that I had lost in the time span that has passed since originally ...more
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780470398258

General Subject/s? - Harry Potter / Fantasy / Philosophy / Film / Books

Title? - The philosophy behind the Harry Potter novels.

General Analysis? - I loved this book. It really adds an extra dimension to the Harry Potter series, and it is a must-read for anyone who loves the Harry Potter series and the events and characters in it. The psychological discussions in the book are very interesting and can give us an insider look at the minds of favourite characters and favourite ev
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Dorothy Timmerman
It is extremely difficult to take the rather antique field of philosophy and promote it to the general public, in a manner that the public will find engaging and enlightening. I felt as though the professors, students, and life-long-readers that collaborated on the series of short essays did phenomenally well communicating both their passion for the Potter series and their passion for philosophy. It was as full of twists and turns of the mind as the Weasley twin's Marauder's Map. There were, of ...more
Chels Patterson
Truly very good, insightful and well rounded. I would have liked more on the issue of racism, elitism, prejudice and subordination in the wizarding world. Also the issues of sexism and powerful women, in a dominate role, besides that of Herminonie would have been nice, it is touched on but not enough I feel. I really disliked The use of Scorcer's Stone over Philiosopher's Stone, but I get it's American. I really enjoyed the paper of the Common Good vs the Greater good. And the subject of the sou ...more
Yona Levin
As a huge Potterhead, I loved this book. I enjoyed going into depth with both details of the books and major themes. I thought it was very interesting to get so many different views on social ideas, and how they were interpreted through the Harry Potter series, especially when those opinions differed from my own. Even when they did not differ, they still shed new light on things that I though I understood. No view is wrong– that's why it's a view.
It made me very happy to see that I am not the o
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Yasmeen
Maybe 2 stars is a little harsh... 2.5, I guess. I'm definitely a Potterhead (a little less now, but my obsession was pretty drastic at one point), and firmly believe that Harry Potter has a lot to offer and is a lot smarter than often given credit for. However, I don't think this book really looked into the philosophy behind the books the way I would have wanted it to. It seemed to focus more on proving that different parts of the book were philosophical and intelligent rather than discussing w ...more
Jeffrey Howard
This book breathes more genius into the Potter series and, to a small degree, furthers the ride on the Hogwarts Express. It could be philosophers adding more innovation and profundity into the books than Rowling actually intended, but this volume really shows off her visionary greatness as an author. Her books are embedded with the really significant questions and equally resonating answers. Her books provide some universal truth amidst the complex world-creation, detailed characters, and inspir ...more
Danielle Robertson
I've read each HP novel at least 2x and have seen the HP movies so many times I could quote scenes upon command. I severely underestimated how much HP and Philosophy could make me see these familiar characters in a whole new light. It actually helped me make sense of themes and events I had not fully understood in the HP novels, themselves.
With so many different essays approaching so many different themes, I highly recommend this book to even the modest Potter fan. There's so many great, though
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Gilmara Mendes
Loved it. If you love Harry Potter and enjoy philosophy, this is the book for you. The first time I read Harry potter, I read for pleasure and really enjoyed it, but now because of this book I am ready to re-read the whole series with a whole new view on Harry and all the other characters. I am ready for a new philosophical journey on the Potter world.
Leslie
Do our choices truly matter more than our abilities, as Albus Dumbledore famously told Harry Potter? What do ghosts and Horcruxes tell us about J.K. Rowling's view of the soul? What are the implications of Polyjuice Potion and the ability of Animagi to transform into animals for the concept of identity? In The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy, serious questions such as these are examined in an accessible and entertaining way by a variety of philosophers who have obviously read and enjoyed th ...more
Penny
This book went into a lot more depth than I was expecting. Very interesting read just for the analysis of the Harry Potter books
Elysa
This book was fantastic. It covered a wide variety of philosophy and Harry Potter. It is easy to understand with little or no prior knowledge about philosophy, because each contributor provides concise and useful explanations of the ideas they write about. Each contributor also seemed to genuinely enjoy the Harry Potter series. The articles are informative and witty. Some of them made me want to argue, which I find appropriate when concerning literature and philosophy, and some gave me completel ...more
Miri Thompson
An intriguing and fun range of philosophical essays based on questions raised by the Harry Potter series. I found myself arguing with some of the conclusions--but that's the point, right?
mamamia
So very satisfying to read. It made me appreciate Harry Potter books on a whole new level and gave me a good introduction to philosophy.
Mickey
Like all of Blackwell's books, this one features really exceptional essays and essays that are not very good. I thought that each of the books I've read from this series has a tendency to focus on just one aspect or perspective of the books/shows they analyze. With Batman, it was the psychology of Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Star Wars, it was ethics. With Harry Potter, the emphasis was on the politics. Probably the least interesting focus they could choose. However, again, there were good moments and ...more
Nancy Brady
Taking philosophical subjects like death, after-life, and more, this book is a series of essays related to the Harry Potter novels and those above-mentioned subjects. Using examples from the books as well as philosophers (Socrates, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, and more), Irwin and Bassham along with various other Harry Potter aficionados discuss different issues. A good read, but not as insightful as "Hogwarts, Narnia, and Middle Earth: Places Upon a Time" by Goodreads author, Rob Smith, in my o ...more
Rachelilene
I guess I'll mark this read though I have no intention of finishing it. I was so excited when I saw this, but I couldn't stand the inane way it was picking apart the series. J.K. Rowling started with children's novels, and I find it hard to believe she say down beforehand to consider her philosophical view of the soul or what a man should act like if trapped on a dogs body. It was interesting at first, but I prefer to let Harry Potter stand on its own magic. Perhaps Philosophy and Mad Men won't ...more
Firas Ghomraoui
Brilliant. This book is basically a popularized philosophical analysis of my favorite fantasy series during my adolescence, providing an even-more deeper meaning to the already-multilayered narrative. A wide array of "muggle" disciplines including sociopolitics, ethics, psychology, and philosophy are reflected eloquently upon the backdrop of pure Rowling ingenuity represented by the Harry Potter series. A must-read for all those itching for rekindling their Harry Potter experience.
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- B.A. in philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1992. Full Presidential Scholarship.

- Dissertation "Harmonizing Hermeneutics: The Normative and Descriptive Approaches, Interpretation and Criticism," Buffalo, 1996, 226 pp. Awarded the Perry Prize for Outstanding Dissertations in Philosophy.

- Ph.D. in philosophy, The State University of New York at Buffalo, June 1, 1996. Presidential Fell
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