The Medieval Harry Potter

Welcome to a magical, medieval world…

As a franchise, Harry Potter has delighted fans young and old around the world. Now, I invite you to probe its fantastical magical depths to face something you have likely never noticed before– it’s medieval legacy! Believe it or not, the whole of the Harry Potter franchise is filled with numerous references to the medieval and ancient world. Please, join me as I research and deconstruct these threads and help unravel a side of ‘the boy who lived’ that you have never seen.

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(1) Series Introduction

Get the low-down about what this project is all about and what to expect in the future.


(2) The Boy Who Lived or the Fair Unknown?

You know who Mr. Harry Potter is but you are long overdue to figure out his true origins.


(3) Who is Salazar Slytherin?

He is Voldemort’s grand-grand-daddy of many years removed, but who is Salazar? Read this post to find out!

(L-r) HELENA BONHAM CARTER as Bellatrix Lestrange and RALPH FIENNES as Lord Voldemort in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

(4) Hogwarts’s Great Hall Reconsidered

It is seemingly so small a detail, despite its large size, so why does the great dining hall appear more than it is on the surface? Read more and discover its early-medieval roots.



(5) Curse Tablets and the Goblet of Fire

Discover the deadly, deadly origination of Harry’s entanglement in that deadly contest by discovering ancient “curse tablets” and knowing that there is some magic even beyond that of wizards!


(6) Who’s that Wizard? The Importance of Names in Harry Potter

You and I both have names, but did you know to the medievals, naming took on deeper characteristics? Sometimes a name holds so much more than the surface is willing to tell.



(7) Magical Books and their Medieval Sellers

Becomes privy to the complicated legacy of literature in the Middle Ages and how Harry Potter alludes to a long-forgotten craft of bookmaking.



(8) Hogwarts, the Restricted Section, and the Medieval Legacy of Books

We continue our foray into medieval books by exploring the penultimate source of literary anxiety in the Harry Potter franchise– Hogwart’s dreaded Restricted Section!



(9) Finding the Real Harry Potter

Harry Potter and Arthuriana– or, that which deals with King Arthur and his legend– are deeply entwined with Rowling inserting many callbacks to the legend within her writings. Let’s muse together on why certain characters could be linked to certain legendary figures!



(10) Good Wizards and Evil Witches: Harry Potter’s Mixed Medieval Morality

Sometimes what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’ can have blurred lines. In the medieval period, for example, the line was sometimes invisible and this caused all good to have just a little evil. Find out why!


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