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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of philosophy for Potter fans by Potter fans
I've been interested in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series for a while because I am interested in how "pop philosophy" could develop like other genres such as self-help, psychology, humour or lifestyle reads. As a philosophy and "pop philosophy" reader this book did not disappoint.

Thematically the book does deal with the Harry Potter books, films...
Published on 18 Nov 2010 by Lark

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3.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical ideas applied to the Harry Potter stories.
Philosophical and ethical issues are examined in the context of the Harry Potter stories. It's hard to argue that this isn't a cash in, albeit a genuinely interesting and thought provoking one. It provides a variety of well argued topics such as what constitutes the soul, here discussed in the context of the Dementors Kiss. My particular favourite discussion stems from...
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Lucy Lavande


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars philosophical rhetoric, 8 Nov 2010
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Victor Preston "gvb" (birmingham, west mids United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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i can't really see the point of this book, academics dissect the harry potter novels looking for hidden meanings.
there is a long list of modern fictional characters that have been written about in exactly the same way.
the work has probably been recycled having already been submitted as part of a degree course.
this is just another way of making money like the multitude of unofficial celebrity biographys.
j k rowling is a good storyteller and the books should be taken at face value, they do not pretend to have any philosophical rhetoric.
the authors are giving flatulant reasons to justify the older generation's interest in the storys.
adults like the books because when they were young they liked to read exciting fantasies about demons and wizards.
should we look forward to reading their treatise on pinocchio?
The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series).
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1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment, 23 Nov 2010
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Toby le Rhone (StaffordshireUK) - See all my reviews
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I should have read the front cover more closely, in small letters at the bottom it says how it is not connected in any way with anyone ever connected with the book or film series. That gives the book away really; no-one would want to be. The authors of the book are the kind of university types for whom money isn't a dirty word. You will understand what I mean when I tell you what other books they have been associated with, can you believe they have co-written such books as. "The Simpsons and Philosophy", "Batman and Philosophy", Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy", The Hobbit and Philosophy" and numerous others along that vein but perhaps the classic is "Basketball and Philosophy". So, the book confronts such issues as "Is love the most powerful magic of all" and "What can Severus Snape teach us about the possibility of redemption". Now this is amusing, particularly at first but it just drags on along this vein all the way through. As far as it is worth reading, you would just be better off looking at such semi-comic considerations on the 12 million Potter websites/ blogs and saving your money.
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