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The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy Audiobook

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

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Publisher's Summary

A philosophical exploration of the entire seven-book Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter has been heralded as one of the most popular book series of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the world of its ultimate evil is one of the many things that make this series special. The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking series and takes fans back to Godric's Hollow to discuss life after death, to consider what moral reasoning drove Harry to choose death, and to debate whether Sirius Black is a man or a dog. This book will be the definitive guide for all fans looking to appreciate the series on a deeper level.

  • Covers a range of intriguing topics such as the redemption of Severus Snape, the power of love, and destiny in the wizarding world
  • Gives you a new perspective on Harry Potter characters, plot lines, and themes
  • Makes a perfect companion to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with interesting ideas and insights, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy is an ideal companion for anyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring the greater issues at work in the story.

©2010 John Wiley & Sons (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Katherine SWINDON, United Kingdom 22/01/2016
    Katherine SWINDON, United Kingdom 22/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful, patronising narrator"

    A lot of the content is fascinating and thought-provoking.

    However, the narrator sets my teeth on edge with her patronising tone and does a rubbish job of differentiating when she's reading quotations. She also barely attempts to give the characters within those quotations distinct voices.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    AngeM 09/12/2015
    AngeM 09/12/2015
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    "Crap book"

    Terrible book do not buy its just using the Harry Potter sieries to get downloads

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Barzins
    14/11/15
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    "Not what I expected."

    To be fair, this may just be that I had expected a book that gave me another perspective on the Potter series and this was not it. As a result, my expectations may have been wrong.

    It's a philosophical work and it's heavy. Not being a philosopher, it's hard for me to rate it as such a work. In the book, various writers write essays about a philosophical take on various aspects of Potter stories, such as examination of the nature of a soul in the Potter universe.

    If you are into philosophy, then the book is for you. If like me, you're just hooked on Harry Potter and can't get enough of it, it's the wrong book.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Garvey
    New York, NY
    27/08/15
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    "The Perfect Love Child of Potter and Philosophy"
    Would you listen to The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy again? Why?

    This is such an interesting read/ listen for those who enjoy the intricate workings of the Harry Potter universe as well as the complex subject of philosophy and the many different of schools of thought within the subject. I would listen to this over and over again because it is genuinely interesting and original. I also love that is a collaboration piece and you are able to enjoy the thoughts of a few different authors making this book diverse and challenging.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Korina
    California, USA
    20/03/15
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    "Great content"

    The content in this book was awesome, although sometimes a little repetitive since it is a collection of different authors. If you love the Harry Potter series, and love to learn (particularly if you are a Ravenclaw, like me) you will enjoy this. My favorite chapter was the chapter on feminism.

    The narrator had great voices when it came to reading character dialogue, however her tone tended to be pretty monotone and repetitive with everything else.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Josh
    Indianapolis
    08/02/15
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    "Insightful"

    I enjoyed the arguments put forth by this book. I thought most of it was insightful and on point. My only, vain, complaint is that the narrator said some of the names in a way to which I'm not accustomed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kelsey Darling
    Texas
    29/12/15
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    "Ehhh..."
    What did you like best about The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy? What did you like least?

    It does bring up some interesting points, but it begins to feel repetitive and drone on.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a pleasant voice to listen to, I've definitely heard worst narrators.


    Could you see The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, there is no way this would be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Even for a true Harry Potter fan, this was a hard read. I just don't know if it was worth it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    10/06/15
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    "Potter for potter heads"

    Great listen for all potter heads alike. Interesting in depth look into the inner workings of characters, stories and meaning.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/03/15
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    "Thought-provoking!"

    An intellectual feast for those hungry for more Harry Potter, especially if you enjoy thinking about the deeper themes :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandre
    15/02/15
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    "a wonderful philosophical view on the saga."

    I learned a great deal about life and death and leading a morally sound judgment through the magnificent books by jk Rowling

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Richko
    Chicago USA
    30/05/15
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    "Hard to get into"

    I love anything harry potter. This one was a little tough. I enjoy the .. and philosophy books but this one was a little much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dagmara Arents
    Girdwood, AK
    25/02/15
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    "Fascinating"

    This book adds a whole new dimension to the Series. Although I've read it twice, it inspired me to go back and read it again with a new perspective.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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