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A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

If you're like most Harry Potter fans, you probably know that Harry's prized possession is his broomstick, Hermione's favorite subject is arithmancy, and a magnificent creature called a hippogriff helped Sirius Black evade capture. But did you know that wizards were once thought to fly on pitchforks, arithmancy is an ancient form of fortune telling, and the hippogriff was first mounted by the legendary knights of Charlemagne? Or that Professor Dumbledore's friend Nicholas Flamel, creator of the Sorcerer's Stone, was a real person? The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, is a fun, fact-filled reference book that will tell you about all these things and much, much more!
The Sorcerer's Companion allows curious readers to look up anything magical from all five Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining and unexpected information. Boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, potions and prophecy: all have fascinating histories rooted in mythology, folktales, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands like those sold in Diagon Alley were once made by Druid sorcerers out of sacred yew trees. The veil that hangs in the Department of Mysteries can be traced to Biblical times. And books of spells and curses were highly popular (and often illegal) during the Middle Ages. With subjects ranging from Amulets to Zombies, you can also learn:
  • How to read tea leaves
  • Where to find a basilisk today
  • How to safely harvest mandrake plants
  • Who wore the first invisibility cloak
  • How to get rid of an angry goblin
  • Why owls were feared in the ancient world
  • How a king once paid for a war with a unicorn horn
  • How our "bogeyman" is related to the Hogwarts boggart, and more...
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    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. Copyright 2001 by Allan Zola Kronzek and Elizabeth Kronzek. Contact: