General Interest lists several non-fiction guides to the folklore, myths, and history used in the Harry Potter series, and several fiction titles that fans of Harry Potter may enjoy reading. Young readers are encouraged to ask public or school librarians for more suggestions. This selection is recommended for readers at middle-school or higher reading levels.
Analyses of Harry Potter lists books and articles that discuss the Harry Potter series from critical and multi-disciplinary perspectives, which are suggested for undergraduate and older readers.
History lists English translations of the primary source writings of several historical figures discussed in the Harry Potter's World exhibition, and several secondary source titles about the practices and perceptions of magic and science in Renaissance period. Additional primary and secondary sources are suggested in the “Things Most Strange and Wondrous”, a three-unit higher-education module developed in conjunction with the exhibition. The primary and secondary sources are appropriate for undergraduate or older readers.
- Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. 3rd ed. Canada: New World Library, 2008.
- Colbert, David. The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts. New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 2004.
- Granger, John. Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader. Pennsylvania: Zossima Press, 2007.
- Kronzek, Allen Zola, and Elizabeth Kronzek. The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter. 2nd ed. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
- Lackey, Mercedes., ed. Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2005.
- Trevarthen, Geo Athena. The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter. United Kingdom: O Books, 2008.
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- Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. United Kingdom: Macmillan, 1865.
- Hughes, Thomas. Tom Brown's Schooldays. United Kingdom: Macmillan, 1857.
- Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea. New York: Parnassus Press, 1968.
- Pullman, Phillip. His Dark Materials. 3 vols. New York: Scholastic, 1995-2000.
- Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter. 7 vols. New York: Scholastic, 1998-2008.
- Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. 3 vols. United Kingdom: George, Allen, and Unwin, 1954-55.
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