Dumbledore: The Life and Lies of Hogwarts's Renowned Headmaster: An Unofficial Exploration (Hardcover)
A brilliant investigation into the motivations and methods behind the actions of Hogwarts's renowned Headmaster!
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts, is one of the most recognizable and mysterious figures in the Harry Potter series. As an unscrupulous beetle-like journalist once said, he's "a biographer's dream." Is he omniscient or limited? Is he benevolent or malevolent? What really drove him in the last years of an extraordinary life?
Dumbledore dives between the lines of the Harry Potter books to create a portrait of the controversial Headmaster. We find Dumbledore's hand in every seeming coincidence, and consider the impossible decisions he had to make. This in-depth examination from author Irvin Khaytman casts the events of the Harry Potter series in a whole new light, resolving fans' questions that linger to this day.
About the Author
Irvin Khaytman is a walking Harry Potter encyclopedia from New York City, where he does taxes by day and all things geeky by night. He has been writing and publishing essays about Harry Potter since 2007 and became a columnist at MuggleNet, the world's most popular Harry Potter fansite, in 2011. In the last few years, he has also been a regular contributor to Hypable. When not reading or discussing books, Irvin can be found dancing to wizard rock or planning costumes for conventions. He identifies as a Ravenpuff.
"Even readers on their own 14th rereads of the series will find new insights to ponder."
"Dumbledore: greatest of teachers or Machiavellian schemer? Irvin Khaytman reconciles these aspects of the character through an investigation of Dumbledore's final years, particularly his last great project: the race to identify and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes…. f your understanding of love, death, and goodness have been influenced by these stories—if you're part of the Harry Potter generation—then this book is for you."
—Lorrie Kim, author of SNAPE: A Definitive Reading
"An engaging, in-depth, comprehensive and unique examination of one of J.K. Rowling's most enigmatic stars. Its premise and execution has the polish and power of an academic dissertation while being an extremely accessible, enjoyable read. This book is an impetus to engage further with a dynamic, enthusiastic global community who knows that books and love are the most powerful magic of all."
—Leanna Renee Hieber author of Darker Still, the Strangely Beautiful saga
“I’d like to venture this might be the most fun you’ll ever have reading a cook of critical essays. Like Dumbledore himself, this book is both insightful and delightful and written with an abundance of charm, intelligence and a great deal of love for Harry Potter. I’ve reread the HP series probably around a dozen times, and this presented me with theories I have never considered before.”
—Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
"Every Harry Potter fan who reads and re-reads the books is left with a sense that there's a lot more to the saga than can be found on the page. No worries, leave it to Irvin Khaytman… to present this carefully researched and brilliantly written walk through all seven novels, laying out a very plausible scenario for what Dumbledore knew and when. The book is a must-read for any serious Harry Potter fan."
—Steve Vander Ark, The Harry Potter Lexicon, In Search of Harry Potter
"Between his deep understanding of the Harry Potter series and his excellent writing skills, Irvin's The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore is a must-read for Harry Potter fans who can't get enough of the Wizarding World. The book impressively explores the most fascinating character in the series and gives fans a lot to think about. Get ready to see Dumbledore in a whole new light."
—Andrew Sims, Hypable MuggleCast
“Irvin Khaytman provides a thorough analysis of Albus Dumbledore’s history, intentions, and plans throughout the series. The reading will make you want to reread the series again and allow you to feel a sense of connection with the characters.”
—Janina Scarlet, author of Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section
"Potterheads rejoice! Longtime Harry Potter fan Irvin Khaytman has provided a deep investigation of all things Albus Dumbledore in his new book… The intense scrutiny provided here helps us see the entirety of Dumbledore's character. Khaytman pays Dumbledore the greatest compliment of all: the proof that he was human after all."
—Cathy Leogrande, Associate Professor of Education, Le Moyne College