Author: Allan Zola Kronzck and Elizabeth Kronzck
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publication date: 2004
List: US$17.95, C$24.50
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This is a book I ordered from one of the book clubs my family belongs to
(Quality Paperback Books) since I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series.
This book has no connection with the author or publisher of that series,
even though the subtitle of this volume is "A Guide to the Magical World of
It is a compilation of information elating to the magic referred to in the
Harry Potter novels. It makes no claims to being all-inclusive (".we had to
leave out far more that we put in.") Nor does it attempt to be a scholarly
work. It is designed to be a handy reference for those who would like a bit
more information than J. K. Rowling gives. If you are a newcomer to the
Harry Potter series, you will find this a valuable book to keep close at
hand as you read the books. If, on the other hand, you are already an
experienced practitioner of (or reader about) the magical arts, there is
little for you in this book. It might be a nice little gift for younger
readers, since it is clearly written and easy to understand.
It is, obviously, not intended to be read straight through, since it is a
reference work. It is, however, light enough in tone and style that it
easily read whichever way you wish. The entries end with a symbol and
reference to an appearance of the term in one of the five (to-date) Harry
Some of the information contained herein may surprise the casual reader
(like the connection between the current Dalai Lama [the spiritual leader of
Tibet] and the art of scrying). Nothing in this book is new, or of major
importance; and it is not the most comprehensive book of its type I have
seen. Having said that, however, I must say that it is conveniently
arranged (and cross-referenced); the size makes it easy to take along, and
the information contained within the covers is easy to understand.
While it is not a great book, it is well worth the price.
Reviewed by Mike Gleason