An Unauthorized Examination Of The Boy Who Lived
by Neil Mulholland
Harry Potter fans are many and many among them may enjoy this title. It offers a compilation of articles on topics dear to the hearts of those Muggles who enjoy the wizarding world. There are sections on Hogwarts as a school; Harry’s psychology, including his resilience; Magic, the worlds of Muggles and magicians; and, a final section on learning from Harry.
This is a book that can be read in any order or straight through. Each article begins with an introduction by the editor. Many of the authors are well credentialed and have PhDs, including the author, a therapist. He believes that lessons from Harry’s world may be a helpful focus for young people who are struggling.
I found many of these articles to be intriguing, beginning with the very first one on learning at Hogwarts. It gave me pause as I reflected on the amount of rote learning that was in the curriculum. The author of this piece wonders why curiosity was not more encouraged but rather everything was accepted. One example of this was the owls who always knew where to bring their messages; this author questions why no one ever wondered how this was accomplished. Of course there are notable exceptions to this theory, of whom Hermione is one and given credit here. There are also some professors, especially in Defense Agaisnt the Dark Arts classes who encourage more independent thinking. As this article goes on readers get a crash course in learning and the scientific method. Other entries are equally interesting.
I found the application of psychology to aspects of Harry’s world to be interesting and thought provoking. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. It may be enjoyed by HP fans and psychologists. All opinions are my own.
This title appears to be a reissue of a book that was published in 2007.