Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Books 1-4” as Want to Read:
Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Books 1-4
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter: Analysis of Books 1-4

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,458 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Calling all HP Sleuths...

Here is the original Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter, which gives Harry Potter fans the ability to delve deeper into the mysteries and fun of Harry Potter. It investigates all the clues that J.K. Rowling has hidden in her series.

This is the Guide that got almost everything right about what would happen in Harry Potter and
Paperback, 412 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Wizarding World Press (first published 2002)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Be the first to ask a question about Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
May 05, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
This was fascinating. To delve into the mysteries of the meanings of the names that Rowling used, the mythology that is interwoven in the Harry Potter books, and the other books that connect to Harry Potter was so interesting. This is a book that was very hard for me to put down. I have read it three times and found new things that I didn't notice each time. Then it makes me want to reread the Harry Potter books, and then I am even more amazed at their complexities. One of the most interesting b ...more
Molly Anderson
Nov 29, 2011 Molly Anderson rated it really liked it

The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry
Potter (Analysis of Books 1-4) provides an in-depth look at J.K. Rowling's writing. Is provides analysis of the themes and secrets in her writing. The authors of this book use the following four rules to uncover the mysteries written by J.K. Rowling in books 1-4. (1)"If she reinforces it, she means it (and wants us to remember it)." (2) "If she suddenly interrupts something, she's hiding a key clue." (3) "There's no such thing
Jaime Borrero
Sep 29, 2015 Jaime Borrero rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing in general. If you liked all the first four books of the Harry Potter series, then you are really going to like this book. I f you thought that you know everything about the Harry Potter books, well you don't. After I had read this book, I learned a whole lot of things about the first Harry Potter books that I did not notice. The writers of this book really helped me notice things in this book that really changed the way I looked at the characters in this book. The theme of ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reference
I appreciate this book not only for the clues it gave me about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but also because of the skills it helped me develop as a reader - as a ten-year-old reading this book for the first time, it never occurred to me that authors might hide "secrets" in their writing. I wouldn't say this book inspired me to eventually become an English major, but it opened doors for me and gave me a new appreciation of the work that goes into writing not just Harry Potter, but ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
My friends and I used to study this book. We would read certain sections or chapters and then discuss the topics the next time we would get together. I read this one, so it was before a new one came out for books five and six... and now there is probably one for the seventh book. But I loved this book. The writers are so intelligent and they really make you think about J. K. Rowling had in mind or wanted the readers to think about when she was writing the series. This is one of the best unoffici ...more
May 12, 2012 Molly rated it it was amazing
Haha oh my God! I freaking loved this! This was so much fun and it was engaging and interesting. Of course, there's no point to it anymore now that books 5-7 have been written, but it is a trip down memory lane that only "HP sleuths" can understand. JK Rowling is the master of plot twists, and then you go back and realize she was hinting at the outcomes all along.... JK Rowling's ability to drop clues that you don't see until after you know the ending is something special that was lost in the mo ...more
Irene McHugh
Back in 2003, reading this book was so much fun. No one knew how the series would end, so figuring out what bits of writing were clues and what bits were just interesting description kept me and my friends talking for hours.

I've re-read this book twice as I re-read the first four. I'll read a few chapters in the novel and then read the analysis. Still engrossing.

Even though many of the theories here did not pan out in the final books, they are still great topics of discussion if you like to an
I really wish that I could have re-read this while I was re-reading the Harry Potter series. I guess I'll do it next time. Anyway, this adds a very interesting analysis and commentary to the Harry Potter series. It points out several details that most people would otherwise miss, which really just made me appreciate and respect JK Rowling even more. Some of the analyses and predictions were really out of left field, but they were fun to laugh at, especially when reading it after the series was c ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
This was a fun book for a Harry Potter fan. It illuminated the many hints and clues that J.K. Rowling included in Books 1-4 (it was written prior to book 5 coming out). For example, I learned that "bagman" (as in Ludo Bagman) is a slang term meaning "bookie." And Wormtail seems even more sinister when you remember that Wormtongue was a traitor in LOTR. I already loved the Harry Potter books, but reading this guide left me even more impressed with J.K. Rowling's skill in crafting this amazing sto ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: extras
At the time, before the 7th Harry Potter books, this was the book to read. It gave you insights into the more intricate details of the novels, and it gave predictions for what those details had in store for the next book. Since I have not read this since before I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I cannot say what parts the authors were right and wrong on, but at the time, it was fun to read.
Jenn O'Brien
May 21, 2012 Jenn O'Brien rated it it was amazing
I have probably read the entire HP series at least a dozen times ... if not more, and I was still amazed at the things I've missed. Just proves how brilliant JKR is. The layering within the series is incredible.
This book was published between 4 and 5, so it was interesting to see what they got right, what they missed, and what they thought was going to be a story storyline, but turned into a red herring.
it was fun to revisit the HP world ahead if my annual summer reading.
Crystal Sams
Mar 06, 2008 Crystal Sams rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: hardcore HP fans
This was a fun read. It filled in the gap while I waited for books 5-7 to come out. It refers to the books in a way that it's just like you're re-reading the first 4 HP's. And you realize some of the little things that Jo was creative enough to include in earlier books that are then used in the later books and you see how many themes are repeated. It was all of these small things that made the series so much more enjoyable than it already was.
Aug 07, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book- in fact, a student loaned me his copy which I gave back after reading the first couple of pages. I told him I had to buy my own copy to write in! I havelots of analysis books and this was a great addition to my collection. I read the Harry Potter book first and then the guide to some of the books, chapter by chapter with one and just read the guide with the last one since I have read and reread all the books
Jan 20, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
I loved these books back when JKR was still producing new books. While waiting for new books, I could read these books and see all the little hints and clues I may have missed, along with so much other detail about everything (history of names, literary connections, symbolism of animals, etc.). I would read these books and re-read the books and come up with all kinds of conclusions about what was to come. So much fun!
Dec 14, 2011 Becca rated it really liked it
This book was so fun to read over with my friends. And now that the series is finished, it was even more amusing to go back and see what theories were dead on and what theories just completely planked. This book helped me to notice things I had just skipped over before, even though the 'running bits' never really made sense to me.
Jul 20, 2011 Catarina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
I loved going through this book while I reread the first 4 books of the Harry Potter series. It gives you a really interesting insight and it definitely made me respect JKR even more for the depth she gave to this story (which is more like a new world than just a story).
Probably one of my favourite non fiction books :)
Oct 14, 2016 I. rated it really liked it
It sure didn't get everything right by a long shot, but this book and the others in the series were my childhood bible. I spent hours poring over every clue and motif in the hopes of predicting Rowling's next move, as any potterhead should. If you or a loved has not yet read the Harry Potter series, consider getting this guide just for the fun of it.
May 28, 2014 T-Dub rated it it was ok
I just found this book on Goodreads, but I read it years ago before the last couple of books were out.

There were some good bits, but for the most part I felt like the book just hyped itself the whole time.
Nov 20, 2008 Bailey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Harry Potter fan
I loved it. I did not ever imagine that there could be so many clues in those books! They explain in a very easy way, and tell you how they think each clue fits to the others. Any Harry Potter fan should buy this book.
David Blaylock
Apr 06, 2009 David Blaylock rated it it was ok
If I were a kid while these books were originally being released, this would have been a great book.

Not as fun to read after you have finished the books. I would say it should be used as a companion to the series as you read it.
Elizabeth Qualia
I read this years and years and years ago before the Order of the Pheonix came out. I also looked at it again in 2011 when the last movie was released and had a good laugh. Some of the theories put forth in this book are ridiculous.
Feb 20, 2012 Madeleine rated it it was ok
Shelves: harry-potter
This book was somewhat interesting but out of date and not all that informative.
Mar 10, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this book so much as a kid.
Apr 06, 2009 Josef rated it really liked it
Fun and interesting read
Tonya Leavitt
Mar 05, 2008 Tonya Leavitt rated it it was amazing
A reference to books 1-4, for those who like to dig deeper into the books, which I do!
Mar 15, 2009 Cara rated it it was ok
It had some really weird ideas. No, Lupin was not pretending to be James when he died that night.
Sep 06, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2011-new
Oct 10, 2010 Cheyenne rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I really learned and figured out things that I had never noticed before.
Dec 27, 2012 Lingwerson rated it did not like it
This book is a travesty.
Shaylin Surratt
Jan 01, 2012 Shaylin Surratt rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-and-read
You cannot fathom how many hours and notes went into this book while waiting for the subsequent books to be released.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Muggles and Magic: J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon
  • An Unofficial Muggle's Guide to the Wizarding World: Exploring the Harry Potter Universe
  • Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader
  • Mapping the World of Harry Potter: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Explore the Bestselling Series of All Time
  • Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?: What Really Happened in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Six Expert Harry Potter Detectives Examine the Evidenc
  • The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works
  •'s What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How Will the Adventure Finally End?
  • Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
  •'s Harry Potter Should Have Died: Controversial Views from the #1 Fan Site
  • The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter
  • Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
  • The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived
  • The End of Harry Potter?
  • Harry Potter and History
  • The Great Snape Debate
  • Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Most Famous Seeker
  • The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon
  • Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds

Share This Book