By Nancy Reagin
A advisor to the heritage at the back of the realm of Harry Potter
Harry Potter lives in an international that's either magical and old. Hogwarts scholars journey an old style steam educate to varsity, notes are taken on parchment with quill pens, and Muggle legends come to existence within the type of werewolves, witches, and magical spells. This publication is the 1st to discover the genuine background during which Harry's global is rooted.
Did you recognize that bezoars and mandrakes have been trendy luxurious goods for hundreds of years? learn the way Europeans first constructed the potions, spells, and charms taught at Hogwarts, from Avada Kedavra to like charms. find out how the ecu prosecution of witches resulted in the Statute of Secrecy, meet the genuine Nicholas Flamel, see how the Malfoys stack up opposed to Muggle English aristocrats, and evaluate the historical past of the wizarding global to real-life history.
• promises the ancient backdrop to Harry Potter's world
• Covers subject matters starting from how genuine British boarding faculties evaluate to Hogwarts to how parchment, quills, and scrolls utilized in the wizarding international have been made
• contains a timeline evaluating the heritage of the wizarding global to Muggle "real" history
Filled with attention-grabbing proof and history, Harry Potter and History is a necessary better half for each Harry Potter fan.
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The oldest spells passed down from German-speaking Europe, the Merseburger Zaubersprüche, also give evidence of the adaption of pagan ritual spells into the Christian religious/magic sphere; see Habinger-Tucsay, Magie und Magier, 255. 31. Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages, 74. 32. Habinger-Tucsay, Magie und Magier, 85. 33. Jolly, Raudvere, and Peters, The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic, vol. 3, 33, 37. 34. Jessica Freeman, “Sorcery at Court and Manor: Margery Jourdemayne, the Witch of Eye Next Westminster,” Journal of Medieval History 30 (2004), 349, 351.
Other spell creations take more liberties; Severus Snape’s sadistically creative invention, the Sectumsempra Curse, combines the participle sectum, meaning “cut,” with semper, meaning “always,” to create a wholly new word. Combination words abound in the magic that Harry and his friends learn (Densaugeo,6 Liberacorpus7), as do spells that are almost but not quite correct Latin: Homenum Revelio,8 which misses actual Latin by only two vowels, as well as Meteolojinx Recanto,9 which wins the prize for “most languages in a single spell” for combining Greek, English, and Latin in only two words.
3, 28. 42. Elizabeth I. Wade, “A Fragmentary German Divination Device: Medieval Analogues and Pseudo-Lullian Tradition,” in Conjuring Spirits, 90–93. 43. Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages, 127; see also Jolly, Raudvere, and Peters, The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic, vol. 3, 54; and Flint, Rise of Magic, 63 and 101. 44. Kieckhefer, Forbidden Rituals, 91. 45. s. 7 (1976), 131–146; and Habinger-Tucsay, Magie und Magier, 252. 46. 1, and 359 (on Luther). 47. For a basic biography, see Jean-Christian Petitfils, Madame de Montespan (Paris: Fayard, 1988), and Catherine Decours, Aimée du Roi: mémoires de Françoise de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise de Montespan (Paris: Plon, 2001).