Time Travel and Harry Potter : Time-Turning in the Prisoner of Azkaban and Its Place in Time-Travel Fiction

Time Travel and Harry Potter : Time-Turning in the Prisoner of Azkaban and Its Place in Time-Travel Fiction


Richard H Jones
Paperback | 99 pages
152 x 229 x 6mm | 168g
Publication date
18 Sep 2009
Outskirts Press
Publication City/Country
Parker CO, United States
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
Bestsellers rank


All the twists and turns of time travel in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban are fun, but understanding them is also hard. For example, how does Harry get past the Dementor attack so that he can time travel latter and save himself from the Dementor attack? Isn't that impossible? Richard Jones explains how this might in fact be possible and examines more generally how time travel works in the book, along with its problems. For example, did Harry and Hermione change history? Did Harry and Hermione have free will for what they did or were their actions fixed in advance? If we can time-travel to save Sirius and Buckbeak, why can't we time-travel to save others? What did Professor Dumbledore know and when did he know it? Did Hermione get younger by all her time-traveling during the school year? Jones answers these and many other questions. He also extensively discusses fans' competing theories of how time travel works in the Prisoner of Azakaban. Also included is a brief introduction to the theories of time and time travel in physics and philosophy that are utilized in science fiction and other time travel stories, along with a bibliography of relevant works. Do physicists and philosophers think time is real? Is time-travel possible at all? Can we in fact change the past? After finishing this book, you will have a much greater understanding of both J. K. Rowling's work and a better appreciation of the problems of time and time-travel in general.

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