Wednesday, August 22, 2007


I am guessing that most of the folks who find this blog interesting also like Harry Potter. We therefore depart from the usual topic to note this column which notes the classical and religious allusions in the books. Actually rather inspiring.

1 comment:

The Cat Bastet said...

Interesting! I can't help but notice, however, that the author is unaware that Ginny Weasley's name is Ginevra (after Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Ginevra de' Benci), not Guinevere. Tsk tsk.

Re first year students crossing the lake, I always thought it was a reference to the River Styx, and crossing from an old life to a new one (leaving the Muggle world behind for the Wizarding world).

Anyway, I love the fact that the Harry Potter books not only motivate kids to read, the kids ask questions and want to learn Latin! I'm glad the author pointed this out.