Remember how Hermione constantly nags Harry and Ron to brush up on Hogwarts: A History? “Bathilda’s Notebook” is the place to find out more about the real history behind Hogwarts’ creation. Writing with cutting-edge literary analysis of the series, Bathilda explores the literature and ideas that have most inspired Rowling, from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes.
Dr. Beatrice Groves teaches Shakespeare at Oxford University and is the author of Literary Allusion in Harry Potter, which is available now.
- Lethal White Horses (September 16, 2018) - What if the white horse clues Rowling has been dropping about "Lethal White" aren't about animals... but about places?
- Odi et amo: Rowling, Strike, and Roman Poetry (August 2, 2018) - Expert literary sleuth Dr. Beatrice Groves examines what Rowling's recent Latin tweet tells us about the upcoming "Lethal White".
- A Shakespearean Source for the Four-Point Character Conflict in “Harry Potter”? (April 23, 2018) - In honor of William Shakespeare's birthday, Dr. Beatrice Groves explores the parallels between the characters in "Harry Potter" and "Henry IV, Part 1".
- “Does the Silkworm Expend Her Yellow Labours/ For Thee?”: Literary Clues in “The Silkworm” – Part 2 (February 25, 2018) - Dr. Beatrice Groves explores how "Hamlet" and other early modern dramas are embedded in "The Silkworm", and you didn't even know it!
- “Didst Thou Not Mark the Jest of the Silkworm?”: Literary Clues in “The Silkworm” (February 24, 2018) - Dr. Beatrice Groves again dives into literary allusion in Rowling's work: This time, find out the significance of the epigraphs and literary parallels in "The Silkworm".
- “Books Are Not Absolutely Dead Things”: “Harry Potter”, Evelyn Waugh, and Censorship (January 27, 2018) - J.K. Rowling celebrates literacy in both her writing and her interviews. Dr. Beatrice Groves explores how other authors may have influenced Rowling's thoughts.
- “Books Are Not Absolutely Dead Things”: “Harry Potter”, Milton, and Censorship (January 26, 2018) - On the one-year anniversary of J.K. Rowling receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, Dr. Beatrice Groves discusses how Rowling's themes of censorship in "Potter" have roots all the way back to Milton.
- Literary Allusion in “The Cuckoo’s Calling” – Part 2: Tennyson’s “Ulysses” (September 17, 2017) - What type of hero is Cormoran Strike? Dr. Beatrice Groves examines how literary allusions in "The Cuckoo's Calling" may provide some insight.
- Literary Allusion in “The Cuckoo’s Calling” – Part 1: Christina Rossetti’s “A Dirge” (September 9, 2017) - Rowling's choices are always deliberate. So why did she choose the poems at the beginning and end of "Cuckoo’s Calling"? And what do they tell us about the book series?
- Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: Shakespeare and “Harry Potter” – Part 3 (June 30, 2017) - Today, Dr. Beatrice Groves explores how both J.K. Rowling and Shakespeare use ghosts to embody the past throughout their works.