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Book of Hours; Kentuckiensis III - fols. 61v-62, c1475-1500;
NE Italy, School of Ferrara
Gift of J. Christian Bay; University of Kentucky Special Collections

Dr. M. Wendy Hennequin (Associate Professor of English, Tennessee State University-Nashville) presents

"God for Harry, Hogwarts, and St. George: How J.K. Rowling Uses Medieval Saints' Lives  in the Harry Potter Series"

DATE: Thursday, March 7, 2013
TIME: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: USI Education Building, room 1101

Synopsis:  J.K. Rowling borrows ideas, tropes, and conventions from many types of literature, but did you know that the Harry Potter series uses tropes and plot structures from medieval saints' stories? Dr. Hennequin will reveal how Rowling most significantly uses the plots of saints' stories when Harry fights Voldemort in the Chamber of Secrets and the Goblet of Fire (the second and fourth novels), and when Neville fights Voldemort in The Deathly Hallows. By using these saints' plots, Rowling reveals character, reinforces the core values of the texts, and identifies Harry with saints to reassure us of his inevitable victory.

 This Medieval Studies Forum lecture is made possible by the mutual support of the University of Southern Indiana English Department and College of Liberal Arts. The MSF is organized by Dr. S. Elizabeth Passmore, Associate Professor of English.

What is the Medieval Studies Forum?

The USI Medieval Studies Forum sponsors presentations by faculty and students at the University of Southern Indiana and faculty and independent scholars from elsewhere. The forum was created in the fall of 2006 as a place where faculty, staff, students, and members of the community can gather in a friendly and informal environment to learn about a variety of medieval topics ranging across disciplines such as literature, art history, history, gender studies, and material culture.
We are on Facebook! Join the “Medieval Studies Forum” site for updates and upcoming events.
USI STUDENTS: Get involved in the student organization, “Medieval Studies Society” (also on Facebook)!  See Bonnie Hobgood (bjhobgood) or Dr. Passmore for more details, or stop by our new clubroom in OC3047.
For more information and/or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Dr.
S. Elizabeth Passmore, Associate Professor, English Department (LA3025B;  Email: epassmore). 

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