A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book of "unauthorized predictions" was compiled and researched by the crew at MuggleNet.com and is meant for those who have read the six previous Harry Potter books. Kids and adults can use it to jog their memories with plot points and details they've forgotten, spark debates among fellow readers, and get excited about the much-anticipated release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But for Potter fans worried about spoiling some of J.K. Rowling's surprises, it may not be a good choice. Also, some of the content is already out of date (for example, the first chapter speculates on the title and release date, which are now confirmed).
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
This enlightening book pushes kids to think critically about the Harry Potter books, a lesson that can be extended into everything they read. Remind kids of that when they realize there's life after the last page of Deathly Hallows.
These Potterphiles do know their stuff. And this is their Prior Incantatem -- pulling past books and J.K. Rowling quotes out of their wands and breaking them down one theme at a time. But like the spell, the book's magic is fleeting -- pick it up before the hype is over, or don't bother. Perhaps that's why this book didn't come from a big publishing house or get a polished treatment. The chapter headers are grainy-looking, a few typos are noticeable, and the array of fonts on the cover is a little tacky. But that's not all that important.
The nice thing here is that the authors' evidence is presented clearly -- even the stuff they don't agree with. (For example, there are still some fans out there who think Dumbledore is alive and well, so the authors humor these fans with a few clues that they could be right.) That said, for casual fans, some things will seem like they're coming from left field (like the Lily-Snape connection) -- until MuggleNet states their case.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the book's theories. Which predictions do you agree with? Families can also examine how the authors compiled their information and came up with their predictions, since they do a good job of presenting their evidence. Do you think they're right to examine every quote from Rowling from interviews and Web chats, or is it a little extreme?