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The Existential Adulteration of Harry Potter is a published book by author Daniel Velasco. The book was published in February 2014, and is available on Amazon.

Plot

The book details the story of how Harry becomes aware of his own existence within the Potter series, which leads to his escape from the book into the real world. The means of his escape are unclear.

During his time in the real world, he goes through an existential crisis, unable to fully forget his past life in order to move on with his new one. He meets a woman, Jesse, and falls for her, but is unable to express his feelings. He ends up meeting his "creator" (assumed to be J.K. Rowling, although her name is never used), who urges him to return to the book in order to finish the series. He refuses, and returns to his life with Jesse, marrying her and having two daughters. However, his past still haunts him, and he feels as though something is missing in life. He meets two characters, who turn out to be creations of the "creator," and, through their encounters, they eventually lead him back to England, his old home, and a final confrontation with his creator.

Harry defiantly finishes the story, after which he returns to his normal life in the real world with his wife and children.

Existential positive psychology

The book claims to have been born out of a desire to understand existentialism—a philosophical doctrine that essentially questions human existence in an "absurd" world (see absurdism). Existentialists would claim that it is the individual's responsibility to find meaning in his or her own existence, and should strive to live life authentically. These characteristic beliefs can be found throughout The Existential Adulteration of Harry Potter.

Positive psychology, on the other hand, is a fairly recent branch of psychology that seeks to treat psychological maladies from a positivist perspective; that is, helping people change their negative ways of thinking in order to be more productive, creative, etc.

Cover art

The book cover art is titled "The Boy Who Lived," and was drawn by artist Shone Chacko. A 2B mechanical pencil, 3B & 6B pencils and blending stumps were used to complete the work; however, the cover art for the book is actually an unfinished version of the final work.

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