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The Psychology of Harry Potter by Neil Mulholland
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Dec 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

The essays are hit-or-miss (mostly hit), and do a good job of explaining some psychological theories in terms of Harry Potter. Sometimes the fit between the characters and the theories are a bit of a stretch, and this results in several authors making opposite points (for example, regarding the attachment styles of the three main characters). This book would make a great supplementary reading to an Intro to Psych class. Better yet, this would make a great assignment for an Intro to Psych class.

I'd recommend this book to an intelligent person with a love of Harry Potter and a curiosity about psychology. Don't expect insights into the world of Harry Potter, but expect some insights into the people around you. People who aren't Harry Potter fans won't get the references, and people who aren't interested in academic psychology will be bored too quickly.
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