“Potterversity” Episode 9: “Harry Meets Dracula”

Explore the many dark connections between Harry Potter and Dracula, two stories of love, death, and the conquest of evil.



In this episode, Katy and Emily talk with Dr. Beatrice Groves (Literary Allusions in Harry Potter, Bathilda’s Notebook) about the many parallels between Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Harry Potter series.


Snape drawing by J.K. Rowling


Hogwarts evokes Count Dracula’s castle, and J.K. Rowling and Stoker evoke similar impressions of Eastern Europe as a place where dark magic dwells. Despite the scarcity of actual vampires in Harry Potter, Rowling evokes vampiric imagery with both Voldemort and Snape. Rowling even drew early images of Snape in which he looks like the Count. Does Quirrell have a parallel in Dracula? Harry parallels Dracula’s heroine, Mina Harker, especially in having a traumatic experience with the villain that creates a continuing psychic connection.


a pen and ink drawing of Professor Snape frowning at his desk. Text at the bottom reads: Snape, brooding on the unfairness of life.


Ideas about blood and the transfer of blood exist in both works, creating similar questions about purity and power. Dracula also has objects that keep him alive – boxes of soil – much like Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Defeating Dracula and defeating Voldemort follow similar plot paths, including the way they die. Bea reveals a fascinating association between the Horcrux locket’s destruction and Dracula that you will not want to miss. Albus Dumbledore’s parallel in Stoker’s novel is the famous vampire hunter Van Helsing. Both, Bea explains, represent the author’s voice and perspective. Other fascinating links abound as well, so tune in!

Feeling thirsty? In our special segment, return to the Three Broomsticks, where Emily explains how to make Savory Sanguini Martinis, Fruity Sanguini Martinis, and Sanguini’s Sangria Surprise!

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Laurie Beckoff

My Harry Potter journey began in 2000 when I was six and continued through a bachelor's thesis and master's dissertation on medievalism in the series. I'm a Gryffindor from New York City with a passion for theatre, fantasy, Arthurian legend, and science fiction.