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Critical Companion to J.K. Rowling
  • Authored by: Karley Adney and Holly Hassel
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816075743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7574-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 823
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 408


J.K. Rowling is one of the most popular authors of all time. Her Harry Potter books are beloved by millions of children and respected by critics of both children's and adult literature. On the other hand, these same books have aroused controversy regarding their literary merits and moral messages.

Critical Companion to J.K. Rowling seeks to educate readers about these debates and encourages them to think about Rowling's novels thoughtfully while understanding the context in which they were written.

Coverage includes:

  • A concise but thorough biography of Rowling
  • Entries on all of the Harry Potter books, each containing a Synopsis, Critical Commentary, and a Film Adaptation section, as well as subentries on all the main characters
  • Entries on Rowling's minor works, such as Quidditch through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Entries on related people, places, and topics, such as book banning and censorship, British boarding schools, Lewis Carroll, The Leaky Cauldron Web site, orphans in literature, the phenomenon of "Pottermania," and much more
  • Appendixes, including a chronology and bibliography of primary and secondary sources.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Karley Adney is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from Northern Illinois University.

Holly Hassel is associate professor of English and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and chair of the Women's Studies Program for the University of Wisconsin Colleges. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska.

Reviews and Awards

"...an excellent resource to gain basic information about Rowling and the Harry Potter series as well as a great resource to begin with more advanced academic research."

American Reference Books Annual

"Useful for reports and critical analysis, and great as a quick review for reader's-advisory purposes, this resource will be of interest to public, academic, and perhaps secondary collections. Even the most unimaginative Muggle will appreciate the serious treatment, comprehensive coverage, and attention to detail."


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