Category: Harry Potter

Neville Longbottom and King Arthur

Potter fans and scholars have noticed that Deathly Hallows bears a number of allusions to the King Arthur legends, most notably in Harry’s retrieval of the Sword of Gryffindor from the frozen lake as an allusion to Excalibur being delivered from the Lady of the Lake to Arthur. But there is another Arthurian connection I want to briefly draw our… Read more →

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Hallows

Just finished Hog’s Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, edited by Travis Prinzi, which is a fine collection of essays (which I have reviewed here). But I did want to hit a brief thought that occurred to me in the course of reading David Jones’ essay, “Interpret Your Findings Correctly: Harry’s Magical Self-Discovery.” In this essay, Jones argues that Harry’s… Read more →