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The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2001

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  • Broché: 224 pages
  • Editeur : Puffin Books (1 novembre 2001)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0141314818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141314815
  • Dimensions du produit: 19,2 x 12,8 x 2,4 cm
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9 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par "ellybear" on 30 juin 2002
Format: Broché
Après avoir vu le film Harry Potter, ainsi que lu les 4 livres avec ferveur, j'ai trouvé ce joli livre violet dans plusieurs librairies, et l'ai feuilleté.
L'auteur s'est penché sur chaque sujet avec beaucoup de sérieux et démontre à quel point Harry reste un héros universel.
Si vous avez, comme moi, adoré le monde d'Harry, ce livre qui vous expliquera en détails l'origine des noms des personnages, ce qu'est un Griffin et beaucoup d'autres choses, répondra à toutes vos questions et satisfera votre curiosité en Harrythologie tout en vous replongeant dans l'univers magique en attendant la sortie du prochain livre !
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par M. A. Francoise on 29 avril 2002
Format: Broché
Toutes les explications sur les bases historiques ou légendaires des livres qui passionnent nos enfants.
Un cadeau parfait pour les anniversaires...
Et une lecture qui ouvre des horizons merveilleux aux parents et aux enfants, et orientera peut-être les "peu-lecteurs" vers de nouvelles aventures !
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Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I bought David Colbert “the magical worlds of Harry Potter” after reading the french edition from 2002. In French there was no update after the sixth and seventh Harry Potter book. Also I had some problems with the french names. In general I quiet enjoyed reading the informations in Colberts book. He put together lots of hints about names, animals, objects in Harry Potter. In his introduction the author calls it “a little investigation , in a spirit of fun. The point is to entertain, amuse, and fascinate.” But you should not believe everything, make your own investigations on the bases of his work.
Some personal observations: I am not sure Colbert is aware of the importance of Roman-Greek mythology and of Christian themes in European literature over the last two hundred years and more. And he definitely doesn’t know anything about German literature and geography. Two examples. He says Richard Wagner was a “Sturm und Drang” author. Wrong, there are nearly hundred years in between. You can relate the “flying Dutchman” to romantic literature. And the Brocken as home of Durmstrang school? One year, I spent my holidays there, well, it’s not cold enough, the winters are not dark enough and the mountains not so very high. Even if Rowlings seems to have mentioned Scandinavia as possible place, I decided on Carpathian Mountains because the students are Bulgarian and Russian and because of the reputation of the mountains as home of Dracula. You see once started, an investigation can make you discover surprising things.
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238 internautes sur 243 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Excellent reference 9 septembre 2001
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Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I am an adult Harry Potter fan, and I found this to be an excellent guide to the historical events and figures behind the characters in the books. I learned about the real Nicolas Flamel, for instance, and about many mythological creatures similar to those in the Potter books. Surprisingly, it is a much better guide than the 500-plus page volume, "Beacham's Sourcebook...Exploring Harry Potter" by Elizabeth Schafer. Schafer's book seems at first glance to be a well-researched guide to the ideas and figures behind the series, but I found her analysis and conclusions to be somewhat forced. It strikes the reader as more of an adult reference book than "The Magical Worlds..." does--this one can definitely be enjoyed by young readers-- but Colbert's guide is much more grounded in fact, sticking to explaining who the historical figures were and what events are related to the Potter books. Each chapter is short, explaining one name, creature, or idea. This made it very easy to explore in short stretches, without having to start from the beginning. It doesn't pretend to offer a deep analysis of Rowling's motives or thought process, but does give us the background to further appreciate her work. Think of it as a quick course in mythology and history as related to the Harry Potter books. I find myself referring to it repeatedly, while Schafer's book sits on my shelf. A must-read for any Potter fan interested in learning more about his magical world!
77 internautes sur 82 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par A Harry Potter Collector - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This wonderful book covers a broad array of fascinating topics related to our favorite wizard and hero, Harry Potter. "The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter" reveals the actual historical and mythological backgrounds of the magic spells, magical beasties, locations, good wizards and the nasties that make up J.K. Rowling's world(s). Before I read "The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter", I had no idea that J.K. Rowling infused the Harry Potter stories with SO MANY inside jokes and hidden meanings. Rowling was brilliant in creating and intertwining everything in her stories. David Colbert, the author of "Magical Worlds" was equally brilliant in explaining it all clearly and concisely. David Colbert discusses Harry's relationship to people like Ovid, Shakespeare, Dickens and Flaubert in a highly informative yet lighthearted and irreverent way. Reading in bed at 2:00 in the morning, I was laughing out loud. The book is beautifully illustrated.
Now that I've read "The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter" I have an incredibly greater appreciation for the richness and depth of the Harry Potter epic. Whether you are simply a curious Muggle or a die-hard Harry Potter fan, this book is a MUST READ. It's as good a read as the stories themselves!
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Proof that Rowling is one exceptionally intelligent lady 17 septembre 2001
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Format: Broché
First of all, DON'T READ THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU'VE FINISHED ALL FOUR HARRY POTTER BOOKS! I was surprised there wasn't a warning that the book contains "spoilers".
Before reading Colbert's book, I was in awe of Rowling's mastery of storytelling and truly impressed by her craftsmanship. Now, after reading Colbert, I am... well, I don't even think there's a word to describe how magnificently astonished I am.
It boils down to this: I thought I was clever. I saw a lot of references to mythology, Latin, etc. I DIDN'T EVEN CATCH A TENTH OF THE REFERENCES. The fact that they are so seamlessly hidden is striking proof of great writing.
Colbert is one of those people who reads too much and is much too smart for his own good. In other words, I envy him terribly! Here he has compiled a fascinating collection of historical & mythological tidbits into a very easy-to-read, easy-to-comprehend book. Interesting to adults, understandable for kids.
On the downside, this means he only teases the reader with enough knowledge to make them want to go out and research some more. Some may find this annoying, but I think that was the point--to inspire young and old alike to do a bit of research. I think Rowling would probably prefer it this way.
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Everything you always (?) wanted to know about wizards, etc. 17 juin 2001
Par JLind555 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
David Colbert is an editorial director at HarperCollins Publishing Company. I think he missed his real vocation; he should have been a middle school teacher. Mr. Colbert has an amazing gift for catching and holding youngsters' (and us oldsters', too) interest through forays into scholarly erudition that actually sound like fun as he presents it. Have you ever noticed that so many of the names and terms in the Potter books have Latin bases; or wondered where the legend of the manticore originated; or wanted to know more about the influence of magic and legend on the writings of Shakespeare, Flaubert, Dickens, and John Donne, among others? It's all here, and lots more, in this fact-and-fancy-packed and fascinating book. Pottermaniacs from 7 to 97 will love it.

(Although I'm still wondering about what kind of spray will work on that nasty Peeves the Poltergeist...)

Judy Lind
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A must read for Harry Potter fans. 1 août 2001
Par Conrad B. Senior - Publié sur
Format: Broché
There are so many weird creatures in the world of Harry Potter it can be confusing to the average reader. Colber's book de-mystifies Basilisks, Egyptian spells, and more. It is an excellent reference and supplement for those who love the world's of Harry Potter.
I especially like the Latin, and Persian translations of names which make the Potter stories more interesting and explain what the names mean.
After reading about the historical reference to a real book--the "Malleus Maleficarum," written in 1484, I find myself incredibly curious about this book. According to Colber, this was, for two hundred years, the most popular book after the Bible.
There are lots of gems hidden in the book.
A must read for Harry Potter fans.
Conrad B. Senior
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