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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,374 ratings  ·  97 reviews
The seventh and final book is out, but fans still fiercely debate the many controversial issues left unresolved. Now, the experts at argue passionately about what really happened and what should have happened.
-Would the series be stronger if Harry hadn't survived?
-Should we pity Voldemort or hate him?
-Is Severus Snape really a he
ebook, 233 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Ulysses Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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I bought this book cos I enjoy the Mugglenet website and usually find pretty entertaining things there; but I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with this book.

There are a great deal of insightful and thought-provoking essays and editorials on the Mugglenet site for people who enjoy digging into different aspects of the Harry Potter world, and many of them have led me to see certain situations, relationships etc in a different light.

I thought this book would be more of the same. But I was
An okay book but the title gives away the ending to anyone who hadn't finished the books.
Jul 12, 2011 rhea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: harry potter fans
I wanted this book for the obvious reason of a Harry Potter obsession, but also because I do read the site fairly often. They know what they are talking about and are an entertaining bunch. Most of the questions/discussions in this book I've had with other die-hard friends or even friends who were just slightly interested in hearing more about the books/movies. The book had decent questions, some being a little odd, another example besides the one in my status, "Would you rather sh ...more
Danika at The Lesbrary
I liked the premise of the book a lot: there are different leading questions, like "Would the series have been stronger if Harry had died?" or "Who would you rather kiss, a dementor or Voldemort?" and then this question is debated and a verdict is drawn. I thought overall the questions were really interesting, but where Mugglenet's previous book seemed to have a lot of contributors and a lot of opinions, this one ended up being very obviously mostly these two guys' opinions, and I could see a pa ...more
It is rare that I don't like a book and even rarer still that I reutrn a book to the bookstore for refund or exchange. I did so with this book.

From reading the back of the book, I was expecting the book to be theological discussion on elements of the series of Harry Potter books. I was expecting a deep look into the mythos of the series and the elements of symbolism and magic.

Well, my expectations seemed to have been too high for this book. Each chapter is set up thusly: A Question, an argument
Jun 27, 2010 Camille rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010, own
Nice book for hardcore Harry Potter fans. The book discusses (both sides) numerous controversial HP topics such as: are the Slytherins too demonized? (I have to say yes), is the epilogue a letdown? (no, I don't think so), who helps Harry more on his quest: Ron or Hermione? (Hermione of course even if she broke his wand), which is the best book (toss up between GOF or DH for me), is Voldemort the most evil fictional character ever? (ever, no, but he did try to kill a baby and that's pretty evil), ...more
Is it sad I forgot I had this book on my Kobo for over a year now? Probably more sad that I forgot I had a Kobo for just as long.
I don't post a ton of reviews, but I was pretty disappointed in this book. First of all, many of the views aren't "controversial." Some of them, yes, but there were much more interesting topics they could've explored, such as whether or not Dumbledore was a good guy. Instead there's "Would you rather give Voldemort a foot massage or shave Hagrid's back?"
Second, some o
Harry Potter Should Have Died by Emerson Spartz and Ben Schoen
Ulysses Press, 2009
187 pages
Non-fiction; Harry Potter
2.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: Short essays arguing various points of HP fandom: such as best book, should Harry have died, viewpoints on Snape as well as more frivolous topics such as would you rather make-out with Voldemort or a dementor?

Thoughts: I like the title because I kind of did want Harry to die AND it would have spared us that awful epilogue (sorry I hate H/G and H/R)

In their return book, Ben Schoen and Emerson Spartz decide to go for an interesting Q&A debate format. As they mention in the opening (which, by the way, incorrectly names the podcast 'MuggleSpace', which gets on my nerves), many of their views will get on your nerves, and I may be paraphrasing on that one. I found myself continually asking "Did they really have to go there?" and raging at the book. I almost felt like some of the debates, if not all, would have been better off if they'd been
Sorry boys - I really, really wanted to enjoy this book. To be clear, I admire the hell out of the authors Emerson Spartz and Ben Schoen. To accomplish what they have at such a young age is pretty incredible, and I have always really enjoyed Ben on Mugglecast and Hype. But I felt like I was reading a bunch of lower-high school persuasive essays.. I think now I know how it feels to be an 8th-grade English teacher and I don't envy the job. I guess I expected something more scholarly or at least le ...more
I did enjoy reading this book. I definitely respect and enjoy the opinions of the Mugglenet staff, and love the witty and affectionate tone of the book from authors who truly love the series.

My only real disappointment came from the fact that I anticipated an analysis that was much deeper. A lot of the points made felt a bit rushed and superficial in explanation, and despite the fact that I enjoyed the debate, it didn't go to the level I was expecting. Harry Potter contains such a complex fictio
This book created an intense desire in me to re-read all the books. Also I just really wanted the two authors to be in the same room with me so that I could debate their views with them - particularly in the cases (which were admittedly few) where I completely and absolutely disagreed with them. Order of the Phoenix the worst book? Granted Harry was a bit of a prat at the beginning, but you've got the Snape Occlumency scenes, Dolores Umbridge, the Weasley's escape from Hogwarts, Dumbledore's Arm ...more
For the most part, this was a pretty fun read. Some of the topics were more thought out than others. Some of the interesting topics included whether or not house elves and goblins should be able to carry wands, stereotypes of females, and whether we should feel sorry for Voldemort or simply hate him.

Other chapters were downright silly. Choosing between shaving Hagrid's back or rubbing Voldemort's feet is one example. The choice between a make out session with Voldemort or a Death Eater is anothe
This book had some interesting topics and views but it just went on and on sometimes. I know that some people might want that in-depth detail but it was also chock full of stupid jokes and puns that just didn't need to be there. In the end I just ended up skimming the last half of the book. All in all, it had some good points and I thought about some views that I otherwise wouldn't have, but it was mostly made up of junk to give the book some thickness.
Despite the 'provocative' title, the book isn't really pushing the definitive, "controversial" arguments its cover promises. Some of the questions are repetitive, the verdicts are totally unnecessary, and the writing is at times unpolished and irritating. It would all probably benefit from its usual forum: the internet.

But it does serve as a nice return to the series. For some, Harry Potter will never be over. XD
Very interesting to hear takes on some of the serious undertones of the book, and some silly ones too. The topics are varied and the format, usually a max of about three pages per question, means it's easy to power through. But also easy to put down and never pick up again.
This book is so much more funny than I thought it would be. I thought it would just be a normal debate-type thing, but they spun everything off into a humorous way.

If you're a Harry Potter nerd like me, you'll enjoy it.
Some of the debates were okay, but then there was 'would you rather kiss voldemort or a dementer?' Like, seriously, that was a genuine question. Overall alright I suppose, but I'd rather read the actual books.
Pure fun...need-more-Harry-Potter...
Sep 03, 2014 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter freaks
This book is pretty much brilliant. Ben and Emerson weren't lying when they said that MuggleNet is famous for being opinionated. Being the Harry Potter nerd that I am, I rarely get to hash out Harry Potter topics anymore, but this book was both informative and controversial. I found myself nodding my head in agreement at times, and then shaking my head in frustration at others. I strongly disagreed with a lot of the verdicts, but that almost made reading the book more fun.

The book isn't perfect,
If you're a fan of Harry Potter and Mugglenet content, then this book is for you. It's filled with interesting debates and quirky questions about the Harry Potter books and movies. While it's fun to read the opinions in the book, it's also interesting to see how the authors' opinions differ from your own.

Knowing Mugglenet, I knew not to be disappointed in the types of questions discussed. I wasn't expecting any dissertation on theological whatsits and historical whosits. I am, however, disappoin
I liked their previous book, What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7, so I gave this one a try. But this one wasn't great.

The book is a collection of 60 topics that are, apparently, still debated by fans. Each one is a page or two explaining the various sides of the debate and then the authors sum it up with their own verdict. Some of the topics involve serious analysis, like whether Harry actually dies in book 7. Some are not about the books per se, such as whether J.K. Rowling should have revealed
Jillian McAdams
I liked this book because it was written by Emerson and Ben of Mugglenet, a website that I frequented for upwards of 8 years, so I felt like the arguements were coming from "everyfan", as it were. The discussions were fun and bizare, ranging from the serious to wacky, out there questions.

I did find myself wanting to add my two cents in to discussions that I felt weren't argued correctly, or left open serious loopholes. Once major one being "Does Hogwarts sort students too early?"

They argued well
Sella Malin
This is a cool book. It discusses a bunch of controversial topics about the Harry Potter series. It's extremely interesting to read all this. I love the debates. :D It gives the topic, and then it gives the pro argument and the con argument, and then a verdict. It's very fun to read. And I find that a lot of the time I don't agree at all with the verdict, based on the two arguments, and that's always fun. :D Although, when I was halfway through I kind of skimmed through the rest of the book to f ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Janet marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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exactly what should have happened....... harry potter 7 isn't the kind of book that should end in a happy ending. i personally think harry should have married some girl that was never in the series and not have named his children after his parents. the one thing i like about the end of the series is ginny's career, a professional quidditch player. ron, hermionie and harry's lives are some what predictable, i think the series would have ended so much better if there was a shoking ending like ron ...more
Fun read. The discussions were either funny or deep. Found the discussions interesting and a great read for a Harry Potter lover.
This was a very enjoyable and interesting book. I think this book is great for any Harry Potter fan. The authors debated a lot of really interesting topics, many of which I had never thought of prior to reading this book. I only wish that this book had been written after the past movie came out. As a long-time loyal Harry Potter fan, I had formed some of my own opinions on the topics debated in the book. I did not always agree with the verdict at the end of each discussion in the book. Sometimes ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Anne-Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HP fans
Recommended to Anne-Marie by: me
This book had some interesting & funny sections. Each chapter was titled with a question, and the authors would argue both sides of it, and then they would reach a verdict. You guys should read this and then we can debate it here!
Here was a good question: Would you rather shave Hagrid's back or give Lord Voldemort a foot massage?
(They weren't ALL funny like this, but there were some others that made me laugh)
One thing, though: the authors are a little OVERLY obsessed with the series... I mea
This book took me much longer to read than I really expected. Granted, I was out of town for the week so I didn't read as often. In the book, they debate topics, some of which are serious and some are light-hearted and fluffy. For example, they go from 'Is the Epilogue a letdown?' to 'Would you rather shave Hagrid's back or give Voldemort a foot massage?' and then back to 'Which character fails to live up to expectations?'. Some of the debates were super interesting and really made me think, whi ...more
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Spartz founded the Harry Potter site at age 12 in 1999.
He co-authored books about the Harry Potter series.

He is the CEO of Spartz media. Spartz media have many interests. In January 2010 Spartz launched OMG Facts. receives 30 million monthly page views, has 500,000 subscribers on YouTube,and 4.5 million followers on Twitter

He graduated in May 2009 with a degree in
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