Welcome to the Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter, a collaborative effort towards providing an extensive guidebook to the Harry Potter series. Readers should be able to learn more about the characters, places, events, and magic than what is merely present in the books. Critical commentary on each chapter, character, place, and event is provided in an effort to help the reader better understand detailed content and realize possible underlying connections to a greater storyline. It is also intended that the book will shed some light on the story-telling techniques used, and offer some analysis, if possible, into why the series proved so popular. This book is meant to cover only the actual series, the seven books that make up the actual story.
This book is built to handle several different levels of readers of the Harry Potter series. Therefore, most pages in the book contain indications of where you should stop reading based on your specific level of reading:
Beginner - Readers who are new to the Harry Potter series in general. This part of the page should be used by readers who have read only a small amount of the Harry Potter books or are just interested in a general overview of the background and biographical information.
Intermediate - Readers who have read most of the Harry Potter series and are clued in to many of the principal characters and places. Analysis for characters, places, and events and detailed summaries of the books.
Advanced - Readers who have read all of the series and are looking to develop detailed knowledge of much of the books' content and realize the greater picture. A slight step up from the intermediate level, almost every topic in the book is covered, providing a comprehensive view of the series.
Books - Chapter by chapter guides to the individual books.
Places - Where the characters go and what is discovered there.
Major Events - Analysis of important events that stand out.
Magic - Details and implications related to the use of various magical devices, creatures, spells, and even miscellaneous terms used in the books.
Timeline - Chronological overview of actions and events occurring before, during, and after Harry's years at Hogwarts.