The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

The New York Times bestseller, now fully updated to include the complete seven-volume series.

Who was the real Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its power? Did J. K. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did?

Millions of readers around the world have been enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells, and mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But what most readers don’t know is that there is a centuries-old trove of true history, folklore, and mythology behind Harry’s fantastic universe. Now, with The Sorcerer’s Companion, those without access to the Hogwarts Library can school themselves in the fascinating reality behind J. K. Rowling’s world of magic.

Newly updated to include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Sorcerer’s Companion allows curious readers to look up anything magical from the Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining, unexpected information. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll also learn:
• how to read tea leaves
• where to find a basilisk today
• how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn
• who the real Merlin was
• how to safely harvest mandrake root
• who wore the first invisibility cloak
• how to get rid of a goblin
• why owls were feared in the ancient world
• what really lies beyond the Veil
• the origins of our modern-day “bogeyman,” and more.

A spellbinding tour of Harry’s captivating world, The Sorcerer’s Companion is a must for every Potter aficionado’s bookshelf.


The Sorcerer's Companion has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published on October 1, 2010 by Broadway Books
ISBN-10: 0307885135
ISBN-13: 9780307885135
11 Book Reviews
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  • walton4
    walton4Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:22 am55 stars
    want to read it
    • shivi483
      shivi483Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:29 am55 stars
      Oh wow another mystery Harry Potter mystery book I wonder what this book is about, maybe it is a guide of hogwarts and the places of Diagon Alley in wizaring world of the wand shop and other wizard stuff. This book may even tell about the different house colour groups of hogwarts like Ravenclaw, Slyterrin, Gryfindor, Hufabuf. Hope to read this book soon sounds awesome.
      • nerdybanana
        nerdybananaWednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm55 stars
        Probably so cool! I want to know why the school is called Hogwarts! And other stuff too of course! -(l)-(l)- so cool!
        • hello_summer
          hello_summerWednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm
          Want this!
          • headream100
            headream100Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm
            DOESN'T ANYBODY KNOW IT'S ALMOST MY BIRTHDAY??????? I NEED THAT BOOK I TELL YOU!!!!!! (Throws hissy fit)
            • babanor
              babanorSaturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:53 am
              is it good? I'll try to get it.
              • inkpage78
                inkpage78Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:43 pm
                Reading this book was very interesting and it helped me to understand some of the first things people thought about magic and other things that are mentioned in Harry Potter. It was really fun to learn about the backgrounds and tales about all the things in the series.
                • wizbeard
                  wizbeardThursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:52 am
                  This is a wonderful book that gives you a better view at the Harry Potter series.If you are a Harry Potter addict,I truly recommend this.It is like a dictionary for the magical wold.If you are curious about any of the creatures in Harry Potter I suggest reading this.
                  • coolio043
                    coolio043Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm
                    This book is the answers to all your Harry Potter questions! I could't believe how much it followed J.K. Rowlings series!
                    • maxi990
                      maxi990Friday, February 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm44 stars
                      This book will tell you all the secrets of Harry Potter. What really happened on the night Voldemort lost power, why Harry survived, and read all of the secrets of the magical world.