Smart Pop Explains Harry Potter Books and Movies

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Pub Date Jul 05 2022 | Archive Date Sep 09 2022

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Who is Snape? What’s a horcrux? When did Sirius Black escape from Azkaban? Why was Hermione sorted into Gryffindor?

It’s easy for new fans to get overwhelmed by the sprawling mythology and complexity of the Harry Potter movies and books. Unlike encyclopedias and guides that offer diehard fans trivia, details, and deep dives into every on-screen moment, this first-of-its-kind explainer is an easy, fun, and accessible introduction to the hundreds of characters, plots, and interconnected stories that make up one of the greatest pop culture franchises of all time. 
Maybe you’re a First Year and need an entry level class on the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Are you trying to figure out why Slytherins are so slippery? Trying to parcel out parceltongue? Having trouble sorting out when Dumbledore battled Grindelwald? Or maybe you’re a confident Ravenclaw who wants to understand why it’s leviOsa, not levioSA! 
If you’re a Muggle, witch, or wizard looking for an easy entry into what literally everyone is talking about then this is the book for you. As the perfect and unauthorized resource to keep on hand when watching something for the first—or tenth—time, Smart Pop ExplainsHarry Potter Movies and Books to you like no one could!
Who is Snape? What’s a horcrux? When did Sirius Black escape from Azkaban? Why was Hermione sorted into Gryffindor?

It’s easy for new fans to get overwhelmed by the sprawling mythology and complexity...

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Pros: I've read all the Harry Potter books and seen all the movies, so I read this book out of curiosity to see who it might be for. I think a book like this is perfect for someone on a trivia team to study if they haven't read/watched Harry Potter. The tone of this book is very conversational, which makes for a fun, fast read. It felt like it was written by people who truly love Harry Potter.

Cons: I think this book could be more user-friendly with the inclusion of more boxes of fast facts (these were my favorite part of the book!), lists, and charts.

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This is a pretty thorough guide covering both the Harry Potter books and movies (and yes there are definitely differences). As someone who has read the series three or four times and watched the movies at least half a dozen if not more I can’t say there were a ton of things I didn’t already know, but even so I still enjoyed the trip down memory lane. And for those who aren’t familiar with Harry and Co. (all four or five of you, lol) this will definitely get you up to speed. Thanks so much to BenBella Books, Smart Pop, and NetGalley for letting me read and review an eARC of Smart Pop Explains Harry Potter Books and Movies.

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This book asks questions about the Harry Potter Universe and then answers them really well. It is an awesome guide for people who don’t know anything about Harry Potter but it is also perfect for true fans as it contains really funny puns.

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As a Harry Potter friend, I found this really informal and a thorough way of explaining creatures to money currency. This would be great for anyone that has questions when watching the movies, especially if they never read the series.

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A perfect reference for prepping for some Harry Potter trivia night. Contains a few tidbits of knowledge and facts regarding the wizarding world. Probably not for die hard fans- they would already know all this stuff. More for your friends & family who want to know what you're talking about without committing to reading all the books (or watching all the movies).

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Let me tell you a little bit of how I grew up. I grew up in the era of Harry Potter. I was a "Potterhead", and waited in lines to be able to get my hands on the previous book. I also regularly watch the movies and recently convinced my husband to give the books a shot.

Now, if you've never seen the movies, let alone read the books, I'm sure that you might be surrounded by at least a few people who make these references. This book would be helpful for you! You can see that you might have an issue with understanding them, and this book can help fill in the gaps, without taking away too much of your time. Give it a shot!

As a "Potterhead", this was a great trip down memory lane and helped remind me of certain trivia I don't remember off the top of my head anymore.

Thank you, publisher and netgalley for providing this title in exchange for an honest review!

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Smart pop is basically Cliff notes updated to a more contemporary form and that is what this particular book is. It highlights the differences between not only the storyline as it evolves in the books but some of the differences in the books and the movies so it's great for that one friend in the group who has only seen the movies, knows everyone around them has read the books, and still tries to spout off as all knowing (don't be that person... Take the time to read the books.)

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Great guide. It was very comprehensive and I was so excited to learn so many new things that I didn’t know. This will be so handy to have around.

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Thank you for providing me an advanced readers copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to this story and leave my review voluntarily.

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I am a big Harry Potter fan (fell in love while reading the books then "rediscovered" the movies as I went along) so, maybe, kind of funny for me to read this; but I'm also the type of fan who will often not pay too much attention to details. That's where this book comes in.
It's a great introduction to anyone new to the wizarding world and also a pretty good refresher for those of us who might not be excelling at random trivia about the history of whatever small detail mentioned throughout the seven books.

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Most everybody has been exposed to the Harry Potter Universe in some fashion in the past 25 years through the books, movies, merchandise or just random daily living Harry is hard to miss.

This enjoyable often humorous book of information is for all levels of Potter-ness.
The beginner will learn all the basics. The casual fan may pick up a few things as I did. I never put Knockturn Alley with nocturne alluding to dark. And a tidbit about the name of the Mirror of Erised. And the avid fan a walk down well known memory lane.

The book was well thought-out and informational while giving the reader valuable information with a delightful sense of whimsy. There is a index in the back of the book I only wish it was linked.

I received this ARC from NetGalley and The Editors of Smart Pop in exchange for an honest review.

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Havent read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies? Dont know anything about the wizarding universe? Then this is the book for you. Its a summary of all the basics you need to know so if the subject ever comes up, you can sound like you know what you're talking about. Highly recommended for those who dont really care about HP but are sick of having no idea what other people are talking about.

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