30.11.10

The Mythical Creatures of Harry Potter

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If you are a Harry Potter fan, no doubt you will be familiar with the mythical creatures included in this fantasy series, which are all brought to life in the books and movies of the amazing British author, J K Rowling. Although the characters and the special effects in the movies are awesome, and the story itself is a writing masterpiece, the mythical creatures such as the centaur, dragon, giant, goblin, gryphon, mermaids and mermen, phoenix, werewolf and unicorn, among others, all contribute in making this series into the astonishing success that it has become.

For those of you not familiar with the Harry Potter phenomenon, the books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard, Harry Potter, and his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, who are all students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story involves Harry’s quandary involving the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents in his quest to conquer the wizard and the non-magical (Muggles) worlds.

Harry Potter Facts

There were a total of 8 Harry Potter movies made from the 7 Harry Potter books. The seventh book was  made into two movies due to its length, and the authors wish to include as much as possible into the movie. Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1 was released in November 2010 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in July 2011. The names of each book and movie, detailing the publication year, number of pages and words, and the mythical creatures included, are listed below:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – published as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States (1997) – 223 pages, 76,944 words 
Mythical creatures include – the Centaur, Dragon, Goblin and Unicorn

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) – 251 pages, 85,141 words 
Mythical creatures include – the Phoenix

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) – 317 pages, 107,253 words 
Mythical creatures include – the Werewolf

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) – 636 pages, 190,637 words 
Mythical creatures include – the Giant, Dragon, Gryphon, Mermaids and Mermen

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – (2003) - 766 pages, 257,045 words 
Mythical creatures include – the Phoenix, Giant

6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005) – 607 pages, 168,923 words
Mythical creatures include – the Phoenix, Werewolf

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2007) - 607 pages, 198,227 words Parts 1 and 2 
Mythical creatures include – the Werewolf, Giant, Dragon

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2007) – 607 pages, 198,227 words Parts 1 and 2
Mythical creatures include – the Werewolf, Giant, Dragon


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