The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived

The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived

Harry Potter has provided a portal to the wizarding world for millions of readers, but an examination of Harry, his friends and his enemies will take us on yet another journey: through the psyche of the Muggle (and wizard!) mind. The twists and turns of the series, as well as the psychological depth and complexity of J. K. Rowling’s characters, have kept fans enthralled with and puzzling over the many mysteries that permeate Hogwarts and beyond: Do the Harry Potter books encourage disobedience? Why is everyone so fascinated by Professor Lupin? What exactly will Harry and his friends do when they finally pass those N.E.W.T.s? Do even wizards live by the ticking of the clock? Is Harry destined to end up alone? And why did it take Ron and Hermione so long to get together? Now, in The Psychology of Harry Potter, leading psychologists delve into the ultimate Chamber of Secrets, analyzing human mind and motivation by examining the themes and characters that make the Harry Potter books the bestselling fantasy series of all time. Grab a spot on the nearest couch, and settle in for some fresh revelations about our favorite young wizard!

Title:The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781932100884
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  • Jodi

    This was an amazing and incredibly interesting way for me to pretend that Harry Potter isn't really over. Because it's a compilation of essays on various topics from various authors, some parts were l...

  • Tara Brown

    Being i giant Harry Potter nerd with a background in Psychology i knew i had to read this. For the most part i really liked the individual essays. Some critiqued the teaching styles at hogwarts others...

  • Hazelle ?

    I would have given this book 4.5 stars if Goodreads gave me that option. It was a fascinating read, especially for someone who was a Psych major and is obsessed with Harry Potter. The reason I didn't ...

  • Becca

    This book was very interesting, in the way that it relates themes in Harry Potter to various aspects of psychology. Over the course of the book, I found a handful of negligible errors regarding refere...

  • Brittany

    I feel I gave The Psychology of Harry Potter a solid try. I got to page 60 (after a week and a half of trying to read it) and I couldn't take it anymore. Because I didn't finish I won't give this only...

  • Katrina Sark

    Susan Engel and Sam Levin, “Harry’s Curiosity” pp.19-32p.22 – In the earliest psychological experiments on curiosity, Daniel Berlyne showed that more complex problems elicited more curiosity. ...

  • Meredith

    My friend got me this book while I was getting my undergraduate degree in psychology, and I finally read it while I was finishing up my final year of grad school for counseling. Overall, I enjoyed the...

  • Takuro Ishikawa

    In reading this collection of articles I realized how useless it is to apply psychology to fictional individuals or to art in general. You can pretty much say whatever you want: Hogwarts is a terrible...

  • Michelle

    A very cute read. If you are addicted to Harry Potter than it is fun to read. However, if you have anything more than a BA in psychology there are no real surprises. My favorite part, however, was at ...

  • Elon

    I always find scientific takes on fictional worlds interesting, and Harry Potter and Psychology both lies close to my heart, so this was something I just had to read. It's interesting, but at times al...