The World of Harry Potter

We are big Harry Potter fans at our house. Hubby and I have both read every book and eagerly watched each movie. The boys, especially my nine year old, are also Harry obsessed. They have the outfits, the wands, and the imagination to be wizards.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to The World of Harry Potter by Tere Stouffer recently arrived at our house for us all to thumb through and read. We were excited to get started! C’Man wanted to start at the beginning, while I was happy to flip through and concentrate on sections that interested me most.

About the author ~ Stouffer earned her Master’s degree in children’s literature at Hollins University. Her 2001 graduate paper detailing the differences between J.K. Rowlings’s magical world and those of C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll established her as one of the first Harry Potter Scholars in the nation.

What does the book cover?

  • A day in the life of a wizard
  • Spells, charms, potions, & other magical methods
  • The origin of magical creatures
  • The equipment a wizard needs to keep on hand
  • And more!
The boys quickly bookmarked Chapter 12 titled Watch What You Say: Spells, Charms, Hexes, Jinxes, and Curses. They are were always constantly asking me names of spells or going back to the movie to figure them out. They loved pointing their wands and shouting a spell at each other. Now they had information right at their fingertips!


My favorite to use on them is Silencio! meaning silent. This charm may require a sharp poke from the wand, but that’s probably just to get the attention of the loud talker. Love it!


I enjoyed reading snidbits on Quiddith, Hogwarts, Modes of Transportation, & even Herbology. But I also found it fun to read real life facts throughout the book based on King’s English words, Tourist Tips, and other Magic Tales that are facts that may compare Harry Potter to other imaginative worlds like Lord of the Rings or Narnia or even just how that magic word came about from history.
This was a super fun read for anyone in the family and a must have for you Harry Potter fans!
Halloween 2009


We received this book for review all opinions are our own.


  1. Oh that picture is adorble!! they look just like Hogwarts students!!

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