Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2010.
1 online resource (xv, 288 p.)
Introduction: Harry Potter and the enchantment of philosophy
The soul in Harry Potter / Scott Sehon
Sirius Black: man or dog? / Eric Saidel
Destiny in the wizarding world / Jeremy Pierce
Choosing love: the redemption of Severus Snape / Catherine Jack Deavel and David Paul Deavel
Love potion no. 9 3/4 / Gregory Bassham
Harry Potter, radical feminism, and the power of love / Anne Collins Smith
Patriotism, house loyalty, and the obligations of belonging / Andrew P. Mills
Dumbledore's politics / Beth Admiraal and Regan Lance Reitsma
Dumbledore, Plato, and the lust for power / David Lay Williams and Alan J. Kellner
Is Dumbledore gay? Who's to say? / Tamar Szab?o Gendler
Choices vs. abilities: Dumbledore on self-understanding / Gregory Bassham
The magic of personal transformation / S. Joel Garver
Just in your head? J.K. Rowling on separating reality from illusion / John Granger with Gregory Bassham
A pensieve for your thoughts? Harry Potter and the magic of memory / Amy Kind
A Hogwarts education: the good, the bad, and the ugly / Gregory Bassham
The real secret of the phoenix: moral regeneration through death / Charles Taliaferro
Beyond Godric's Hollow: life after death and the search for meaning / Johnathan L. Walls and Jerry L. Walls
Why Harry and Socrates decide to die: virtue and the common good / Michael W. Austin.
"The Ultimate Harry Potter: Hogwarts for Muggles, is a fresh and distinctive report on the great ideas in the series. All the authors of these chapters have had the advantage of thinking through their chosen issues, and writing up their conclusions after the entire Potter storyline was complete, and Rowling had even had her say in public about things that never made it into the pages of the official texts. The philosophers and other top Harry Potter experts gathered together here offer new voices and new perspectives on many of the most important ideas that come up in the books--some of which can be genuinely life changing. Reading this book will be like putting on a Philosophical De-Coder Ring. It will show you vital aspects of the deepest story that lies behind these famous stories"-- Provided by publisher.