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Harry Potter and the Classical World

Greek and Roman Allusions in J.K. Rowling's Modern Epic

Richard A. Spencer (author)

ISBN: 9780786499212

Publication Date: Jun 2015

Format: Paperback

J.K. Rowling has drawn deeply from classical sources to inform and color her Harry Potter novels, with allusions ranging from the obvious to the obscure. This extensive analysis of the Harry Potter series examines Rowling's wide range of allusion to classical characters and themes and her varied use of classical languages.
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J.K. Rowling has drawn deeply from classical sources to inform and color her Harry Potter novels, with allusions ranging from the obvious to the obscure. "Fluffy," the vicious three-headed dog in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is clearly a repackaging of Cerberus, the hellhound of Greek and Roman mythology who guards the entrance to the underworld. But the significance of Rowling's quotation from the Greek tragedian Aeschylus in the frontispiece of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a matter of speculation.

Rowling's use of classical material is abundant and varied, and often presented with irony and humor as she introduces a timeless literary tradition to a new readership. This extensive analysis of the Harry Potter series examines Rowling's wide range of allusion to classical characters and themes and her varied use of classical languages. Chapters discuss Harry and Narcissus, Dumbledore's many classical predecessors, Lord Voldemort's likeness to mythical figures, and magic in Harry Potter and classical antiquity - among many other topics.
Pages 324
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2015
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Children's & young adult fiction & true stories  
Richard A. Spencer is a professor of Classics and Biblical Studies at Appalachian State University, USA. A Protestant minister for 46 years, he has written in the fields of Classics, Literary Criticism and New Testament Criticism, published commentaries on the New Testament and apocryphal books and written for religious publications.

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