The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy - Gregory Bassham (Paperback)

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14 Sep 2010
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Gregory Bassham (Editor)
William Irwin (Editor)
Hogwarts for Muggles
John Wiley & Sons Inc
Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture
Number of Pages
229 x 152 x 25mm (417g)


  • Discusses philosophical issues raised by the Harry Potter series, including the possibility of redemption, the ethical limits of patriotism, and the existence of souls.


  • A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series

    Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog.

    With publication timed to coincide with the release of the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level.

    • Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world
    • Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes
    • Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies

    Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Philosophy / General
BISAC Subject 2
Literary Criticism / Children's Literature
BISAC Subject 3
Literary Criticism / Science Fiction & Fantasy
BIC Classification 1
Library Subject 1
Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)
Library Subject 2
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Imaginary organization)
Library Subject 3
Philosophy in literature.
Academic Subject 1
Philosophy (General)
Academic Subject 2
Literary History And Criticism
Dewey Classification

Inside Flap

Is it always wrong to use a love potion? Is death something to be feared . . . or ”mastered”? What can Severus Snape teach us about the possibility of redemption? Is love the most powerful magic of all?

J. K. Rowling's wildly popular Harry Potter books may appear to be simple children's tales on the surface, but like Hogwarts, they conceal many hidden chambers, trapdoors, and perplexing secrets. Drawing on all seven books in the Harry Potter series, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy offers a powerful brew of insights about good and evil, love, death, power, sacrifice, and hope. Is it true, as Dumbledore says, that our choices reveal far more about us than our abilities do? Is there an afterlife, and what might it be like? Here's a Pensieve for your thoughts. So take a healthy slug of Baruffio's Brain Elixir and join Bassham's Army of talented philosophers in exploring the mind-stretching deeper questions of the Potter books and films.

Author Bio

GREGORY BASSHAM is chair of the Philosophy Department and a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is coeditor of the forthcoming The Hobbit and Philosophy and has coedited The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, and Basketball and Philosophy. WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy.

Review Quotes

'Packed with interesting ideas and ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues.' (Planet-Print, July 2011).