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July 15-18, 2010
Orlando, Florida


Reading "The Tempest" as a Harry Potter Fan
Barbara Marx

 The magic of the written word is perhaps the most potent magic of all. This lecture will examine the reasons Harry Potter fans should read or re-read William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The play is a worthwhile read, not simply because there is a sorcerer in it, but because of the wizard-Muggle relationships within it as well as a cast of magical creatures. How Prospero, the sorcerer duke of Milan, gets along with the Muggles and the magical creatures in the play provides a lesson to modern wizards on interaction inside and outside the wizarding world. There will be comparisons and contrasts between Prospero and Dumbledore as master wizards who control the action around them as well as their destiny. There will also be comparisons and contrasts between Caliban and Snape as unwilling servants of their masters. The lecture will also have some words on the treatment of Squibs, specifically the treatment of Miranda versus that of Ariana. Finally, the Epilogue suggests a post-Dumbledore world where Muggles and wizards can coexist peacefully.

Barbara Burzynski Marx has a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Publication Management from Drexel University. She lectured at The Witching Hour in October 2005 on the role of mothers and motherhood in the Harry Potter books. Currently, she works in the Philadelphia area as a proofreader with a specialty in pharmaceuticals. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and her two teenage daughters, both of whom are Harry Potter fans. Her favorite character in the Harry Potter series is Molly Weasley.
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