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The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy


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FOREWORD BY TOM MORRIS xi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Some House Points I'd Like to Award xv Introduction: Harry Potter and the Enchantment of Philosophy 1 PART ONE THE HORCRUX OF THE MATTER: DESTINY, IDENTITY, AND THE SOUL 1 The Soul in Harry Potter 7 Scott Sehon 2 Sirius Black: Man or Dog? 22 Eric Saidel 3 Destiny in the Wizarding World 35 Jeremy Pierce PART TWO THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC OF ALL 4 Choosing Love: The Redemption of Severus Snape 53 Catherine Jack Deavel and David Paul Deavel 5 Love Potion No. 93/4 66 Gregory Bassham 6 Harry Potter, Radical Feminism, and the Power of Love 80 Anne Collins Smith PART THREE POTTERWATCH: FREEDOM AND POLITICS 7 Patriotism, House Loyalty, and the Obligations of Belonging 97 Andrew P. Mills 8 Dumbledore's Politics 113 Beth Admiraal and Regan Lance Reitsma 9 Dumbledore, Plato, and the Lust for Power 128 David Lay Williams and Alan J. Kellner PART FOUR THE ROOM OF REQUIREMENT: A POTTER POTPOURRI 10 Is Dumbledore Gay? Who's to Say? 143 Tamar Szabo Gendler 11 Choices vs. Abilities: Dumbledore on Self-Understanding 157 Gregory Bassham 12 The Magic of Personal Transformation 172 S. Joel Garver 13 Just in Your Head? J. K. Rowling on Separating Reality from Illusion 185 John Granger with Gregory Bassham 14 A Pensieve for Your Thoughts? Harry Potter and the Magic of Memory 198 Amy Kind 15 A Hogwarts Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 212 Gregory Bassham PART FIVE BEYOND THE VEIL: DEATH, HOPE, AND MEANING 16 The Real Secret of the Phoenix: Moral Regeneration through Death 229 Charles Taliaferro 17 Beyond Godric's Hollow: Life after Death and the Search for Meaning 246 Jonathan L. Walls and Jerry L. Walls 18 Why Harry and Socrates Decide to Die: Virtue and the Common Good 258 Michael W. Austin CONTRIBUTORS: The Hogwarts (for Muggles) Faculty 271 THE MARAUDER ' S INDEX 279

About the Author

GREGORY BASSHAM is chair of the Philosophy Department and aprofessor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre,Pennsylvania. He is coeditor of the forthcoming The Hobbit andPhilosophy and has coedited The Lord of the Rings andPhilosophy, The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, and Basketball and Philosophy. WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King'sCollege in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophyand popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestsellingThe Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles,including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, andAlice in Wonderland and Philosophy.


'Packedwith interesting ideas and insights an ideal companion foranyone interested in unraveling the subtext and exploring thegreater issues. (Planet-Print, July2011).

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