Myths, magic and historical parallels in the Harry Potter books

Please note: This event is fully booked

with Daragh Downes and author Dave Rudden

This year is the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone setting in train a literary and cultural phenomenon, with the books, films and a Harry Potter “industry” still showing no signs of receding into the past. But what are the historical parallels in the Harry Potter books? From Chaucer and the War of the Roses to the Second World War, real historical events weave through the books and add to their magic.

Daragh Downes, TCD, will speak about the narrative of magic in the Harry Potter books while “superfan” and children’s writer Dave Rudden will uncover the history references in the novels.

Sunday 1st October at 2.15pm in Poddle Room, The Printworks at Dublin Castle


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