Category: Bathilda’s Notebook


“The Faerie Queene” and the Fifth “Strike” Novel: “Troubled Blood”

On March 20, 2020, J.K. Rowling changed her Twitter header to an image taken from “The Faerie Queene”, an epic poem containing the phrase “troubled blood,” the title of the forthcoming “Comoran Strike” novel. What relevance, beyond inspiring its title, will “The Faerie Queene” have on “Troubled Blood”?


Rowling’s Goblin Problem?

With the opening of an exhibition, “Jews, Money, Myth”, at the Jewish Museum London, Dr. Beatrice Groves ponders whether the depiction of goblins in “Harry Potter” is anti-Semitic.