Harry Potter and the Art of Spying

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Lynn Boughey
Peter Earnest
Harry Potter and the Art of Spying

The Harry Potter series is more than just a story about a young wizard who saves the world from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. The seven-book saga is an excellent primer on spying, intelligence, and politics. Join authors Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest as they review the spy craft employed and celebrated in J.K. Rowling’s bestselling books. From the invisibility cloak to house passwords to Fred and George Weasley’s Extendable Ears, Harry Potter & the Art of Spying is full of spy lessons for the secret-agent-in-training in the Muggle realm. Learn how to break secret codes, gather intelligence, read character’s motives, and why Severus Snape is the best double agent ever.

In the first portion of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, join spy novelist Lynn Boughey and thirty-five year CIA veteran and the Executive Director of the international Spy Museum Peter Earnest as they:

  • Teach you how to break codes in the series not disclosed by J. K. Rowling
  • Learn real spycraft through a detailed review of the trade craft used in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Apply critical thinking and learn how to conduct intelligence analysis
  • Discover the covert references to Shakespeare and others literary giants
  • Learn why Severus Snape is rightfully considered the best double agent ever

In the second portion of the book, join the authors as they review the spy craft employed throughout the Harry Potter series as it relates to:

  • How to determine the types of spies and specific motivations
  • How to recruit spies
  • How to gather intelligence
  • How spies work, use disguises, and keep secrets
  • How to find double agents and moles
  • How the media is used by both the good and the bad
  • How to deal in the areas of politics and diplomacy

The book ends with a glossary that provides examples from the Harry Potter series, as well as an intelligence primer that reviews real-world issues relating to intelligence.

Lynn Boughey

North Dakota’s first Truman Scholar, attorney Lynn Boughey is the author of spy-novel Mission to Chara, has served on national committees relating to military matters, and has taught university courses in political science, terrorism, international relations, criminal law, and criminal procedure.

Peter Earnest

Peter Earnest is a former Senior CIA National Clandestine Service Officer and is the Executive and Founding Director of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. Peter has written several books relating to intelligence, including Business Confidential: Lessons for Corporate Success from Inside the CIA.