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Mythological References in Harry Potter

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Stephanie Mak

on 17 May 2011

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the magical world of harry potter :
mythological references by: karina mio J.K. ROWLING born in England in 1965
studied Greek and Roman mythology at Exter University in 1980
obtained a French and Classics degree
loved mythology and foreign languages
birth of Harry Potter harry potter: hide mythology in children's literature
names of characters, spells and magical objects are derived from foreign languages or mythology
based on childhood memories and experiences very popular fantasy series of 7 books
huge cultural and social impact worldwide
Warner Bros. bought rights for film adaptations
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park (Universal Studios Florida) ARGUS FILCH caretaker at Hogwarts all-seeing man
always catches students breaking curfew and school rules ARGUS PANOPTES Hera's servant
watched and guarded Io from Zeus the great watchman with 100 eyes FLUFFY guarded trap door (Philospher's Stone)
put to sleep by flute music the three-headed dog CERBERUS guarded entrance to the Underworld
lulled to sleep by Orpheus's music
retrieved dead wife from the Underworld the three-headed hound RUBEUS HAGRID half-giant gamekeeper of Hogwarts HAGRID RUBES a kind giant Giant of the Jewels
framed for murder by Zeus
banished from Mt. Olympus to take care of animals framed for the death of a Hogwarts student
expelled from Hogwarts to take care of animals NARCISSA MALFOY NARCISSUS the handsome hunter the mother of Draco vs very arrogant, attractive, looks down on others
self-centered, self-loving, self-obsessed

saw his own reflection and fell in love with it
starred at it lovingly until he died of thirst MINVERA MCGONAGALL head of the Gryffindor house based on Athena (Roman name: Minerva)
goddess of wisdom and war
very talented witch, amazing in battle
shown great respect
Athena's symbol - owl (McGonagall's pet) HERMIONE daughter of Helen and Menelaus
smart and hardworking
parents left her and sailed away
pursued by both Orestes and Neoptolemus (Ron Weasley and Viktor Krum) princess of Sparta CHARACTERS DUMBLEDORE vs MERLIN heroic archetype
similar physical & personality description
wise, powerful, caregiver, advisor HARRY POTTER ACHILLES very famous hero in their world
prophecies made
mother made them invicible
sent off to live with someone for protection
Achilles' heel the wizard the warrior MYTHOLOGICAL REFERENCES IN HARRY POTTER SITES USED http://www.tgoffenburg.de/potter/DiscussionTopics/charactersandmythology/characters.htm
http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/ CONCLUSION other characters, spells, potions
references to mythology, based on foreign languages "It would undoubtedly help introduce Greek mythology to a new, younger readership." - J.K. Rowling
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