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From the series to fantasy and beyond, let's celebrate Harry Potter and crew this July 31!

Happy Harry Potter!

Harry Potter's birthday is July 31 (the same as J.K. Rowling's!), so let's celebrate Harry and friends (and enemies) with books, films, and some scholarly articles!

Stories About Stories

Explore Harry Potter--as well as children's literature and fantasy fiction--with these resources!


Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Charles L. Adler: Check out fantastical possibilities and the real science and math underlying fantasy and science fiction! (Don't care for ebooks? You can request this copy!)

Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays edited by Giselle Liza Anatol: Explore Harry Potter and its influence on our culture and our world with these essays.

Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts edited by David Baggett & Shawn Klein: Seventeen philosophers take on Hogwarts, exploring everything from Slytherin ambition to the prophecy-driven life!

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles edited by Gregory Bassham: Get your philosophy on with these exploration of the entire seven-book series. (Prefer physical books to ebooks? Request this one!)

Hermione Grainger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts edited by Christopher E. Bell: Study Hermione - and contemporary feminism - with these essays. (You can also request the physical book.)

The Irresistible Rise of Harry Potter by Andrew Blake: Blake explores the relations between Harry Potter and the British New Labour movement in this work of criticism. 

Using Literature in English Language Education: Challenging Reading for 8-18 Year Olds edited by Janice Bland: Learn about ways to incorporate youth literature - including Harry Potter! - into your classroom with this collection of essays.

The Fantasy Film by Katherine A. Fowkes: Harry Potter is also a series of fantasy films! Delve into the genre in more detail with this book, also available in print form.

Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter by Valerie Estelle Frankel: Explore the evolutions and culture of Harry Potter fandom!

I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A.D. Jameson: Explore geek (and fan!) culture.

I Wanna Wrock! The World of Harry Potter-Inspired "Wizard Rock" by Paul A. Thomas: Learn about the Harry Potter fans who have turned their fandom into rock!

Selected Articles

Selected Search Strings

Feel free to check out these strings in action - or copy and paste them into your favorite databases and search yourself! Want help making your very own Harry Potter-themed search string? Just ask a librarian.

Coming Soon

These books will be on your shelves...soon!

The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: Explore race and representation in popular fantasy fiction, particularly that written for children, in Thomas's 2019 work. 

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