The Sorcerer's Companion

The Sorcerer's Companion

A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

Book - 2004
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The New York Times bestseller, now fully updated to include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Who was the real Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer's Stone get its power? Did J. K. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn't, who did?

Millions of readers around the world have been enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells, and mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But what most readers don't know is that there is a centuries-old trove of true history, folklore, and mythology behind Harry's fantastic universe. Now, with The Sorcerer's Companion , those without access to the Hogwarts Library can school themselves in the fascinating reality behind J. K. Rowling's world of magic.

Newly updated to include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , The Sorcerer's Companion allows curious readers to look up anything magical from the Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining, unexpected information. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowling's Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, you'll also learn:
•how to read tea leaves
•where to find a basilisk today
•how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn
•who the real Merlin was
•how to safely harvest mandrake root
•who wore the first invisibility cloak
•how to get rid of a goblin
•why owls were feared in the ancient world
•what really lies beyond the Veil
•the origins of our modern-day "bogeyman," and more.

A spellbinding tour of Harry's captivating world, The Sorcerer's Companion is a must for every Potter aficionado's bookshelf.

The Sorcerer's Companion has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2004
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780767919449
Branch Call Number: PR6068.O93 Z75 2004
Characteristics: xv, 331 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kronzek, Elizabeth 1969-


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Sep 19, 2014

Looks interesting, havent read it yet though... Really nice art too

Jun 08, 2014

i think harry potter has lots of mysteries in it so would this guide help??????????????????????????
not sure someone comment back if you've read the book

May 27, 2012

Loved the book!! The best in the bussinesss!!!!!!

HPfanGirl Sep 11, 2011

This book is really interesting and helpful if you want to learn more or are interested in learning about mythilogical creatures including those in Harry Potter! A must read!!!

Dec 31, 2010

Amazing book in fact I want to read it again! :)


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Jun 08, 2014

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”

this is a quote from a harry potter book i read


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