Shakespeare and Harry Potter: from Prophecy to the Weird Sisters
The Harry Potter novels have been influenced by many different works of literature throughout history, and this talk will focus on the influences and similarities between the Harry Potter books and Shakespeare's plays. There are slight, fun allusions, such as the Weird Sisters and the basilisk, but there are also many other comparisons that go further in depth. Some topics covered during this talk:
· Similarities to specific Shakespeare plays, such as Ron and Hermione's relationship mirroring that of Benedick and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, Harry's prophecy compared to Macbeth's propechy, the misuse of love potions in A Midsummer Night's Dream, sorcery used in The Tempest, and more.
· How the Harry Potter novels take on qualities of both a Shakespearean comedy and tragedy, and if it can ultimately be called one or the other
· Themes that occur in both Harry Potter and Shakespeare, such as the importance of love, the impact of death, sacrifice, ambition, making choices, and others
· The rich literary backgrounds that both J.K. Rowling and Shakespeare have used, and how they have both been influenced by mythology, folklore, and the great writers that came before them
Becky recently graduated in May from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, with a degree in English and Secondary Education. She is originally from Blue Point, NY and has been a Harry Potter fan since she was 13. This is her third time attending a Harry Potter conference, having been to Portus and LeakyCon,and she gave the presentation "Hearing the Music in Harry Potter" at the latter con. She enjoys reading anything about Harry Potter, creating HP crafts, reading the books over and over, and creating music for her wizard rock band, The Silver Doe. Some of her non-Harry Potter hobbies include theatre, singing, scrapbooking, and writing. In the fall Becky will be attending graduate school at Drexel University to get her masters in library science.