New Reading, Writing, Rowling Podcast: Oxford University’s Beatrice Groves ‘Literary Allusion in Harry Potter’

The latest podcast on MuggleNet’s ‘Reading, Writing, Rowling’ series is out — and it’s a ‘wow’!

From the description on the page with the downloadable program:

In this episode, hosts Katy McDaniel (Marietta College) and John Granger talk with Oxford University Research Fellow Beatrice Groves about her new book, Literary Allusion in Harry Potter.

Rowling’s works are filled with references, some obvious, some oblique, to other literary works. Groves’ book explores the allusions throughout the Harry Potter novels, to everything from Petrarch to Shakespeare, Austen, Tennyson, and even Monty Python. As a specialist in Renaissance English literature, Groves guides us through these references so that we can understand how Rowling wants us to read and how she converses with other texts of the Western literary canon.

Join John, Katy, and Professor Groves as they discuss Rowling’s practice of “Cratylic naming” (“Dumbledore,” “Argus Filch,” the “House of Gaunt,” and more!), her links to Chaucer and Shakespeare, and her allusion to Austen’s gothic stylings in Northanger Abbey (connected by that tricky vanishing cabinet), among many other references. Groves shows us that for Rowling books are, like the ones in Hogwarts’ library’s restricted  section, literally whispering to us, and we should be listening.

It was great fun speaking with Dr Groves and the conversation was both challenging and informative. Check it out and let me know what you think! And buy the book — you won’t regret it.

‘Reading, Writing, Rowling’ Podcast — Hogwarts Professors in Roanoke!

Kathryn McDaniel’s new podcast at ‘Reading, Writing, Rowling: Imagination and Fiction in the Age of Harry Potter’ is available today! Her first show features the four HogwartsProfessors — John Granger, Louise Freeman, Elizabeth Baird-Hardy, and Emily Strand — and Lana Whited, the Minister of Magical Education at the Roanoke Potter Festival, published Potter Pundit of renown, and professor at Ferrum College. We got together the night before the Roanoke Festival to talk about our ‘Top Twenty Moments’ from the series in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Philosopher’s Stone‘s publication.

Professor Strand made a delightful short video of the recording session, a Potter Postcard,  you can watch here — or just jump right in to the podcast fun! Be sure to subscribe to ‘Reading, Writing, Rowling’; Katy has already recorded two more shows with me as sidekick that have delightful guests and first class conversation about Harry Potter. Leave a comment below and thanks in advance for sharing the link on your preferred social media portal!

A big thank you to Amy at MuggleNet, to Travis Prinzi and Emily Strand for the music, and to Emma Nicholson for editing the show and writing the beautiful theme song lyrics! Woot!