Harry Potter, the “Boy Who Lived”, maybe even rapscallion, if we wanted to use an overly antiquated term (or professor Umbridge’s point of view). These words describe the famous boy wizard from J.K Rowling’s famous franchise. It is safe to say that young Harry has touched the world in profound ways and if there is a testament to this profundity, it is in the dedicated fan community which keeps’s Potter’s spirit alive long after his final adventure.
In this spirit of fandom, I present you with my own tribute to ‘the boy who has his mother’s eyes’, “The Medieval Harry Potter”!
If you are a fan of Harry Potter, then you probably have read the books once (or two-hundred times). Undoubtedly, you have picked up on the numerous references to medieval times. Sometimes it is a passage in the Prisoner of Azkaban concerning how magical folk survived during the witch hunts; other times it is a paragraph of Middle English from the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But, did you know that there are many, many more references and a great deal more history right underneath your nose?
Yes, the Harry Potter franchise is filled to the brink with many allusions and inspirations from medieval history. In this series of blog posts, I will illuminate those allusions, inspirations, and references, deconstruct their use in medieval times and explain any possible significance to their appearance in the franchise. Rest assured, I am leaving no stone unturned: every book in the main series, every Hogwarts textbook, every screenplay and spinoff, even the films and Pottermore website will be so thoroughly interrogated that you would think I was a legilimens!
Here at The (Pop) Culture Medievalist, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to engage both the old and new. This project is one such outgrowth of that desire. So, please, join us as we embark upon this great journey; comment, share, and subscribe to help us grow and to not miss a single piece.