This unofficial guide to the popular series by novelist J.K. Rowling is an ideal companion work for the curious reader who wants to know more about these remarkable books. Extensive new commentary, which does not appear on Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon website (www hp-lexicon.org) adds to the fun of reading Vander Ark's new reference work. The author has been frequently featured around the world in publications such as The New York Times, the London Times, The International Herald Tribune, the Associated Press and National Public Radio. Steve Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon website is visited by more than 25 million visitors annually. For years fans who have seen the author keynote major academic conferences on the Harry Potter novels, including Sectus in London and Patronus in Copenhagen, have been asking him to write an original companion work on this wonderful series. This book offers fascinating analysis, new insights and a deep appreciation of Rowling's work.
Vander Ark, who has read the Potter novels more than 40 times, has been interviewed by the Today Show, BBC, the New Yorker and the Guardian. His interview for an A&E television special on the series appears as part of the extra section on the DVD edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.