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A quick Harry Potter note

Just hours after I posted some Arthurian research links, I learned the apparent name of the next Harry Potter novel (HP and the Deathly Hallows), which springs directly from the Arthurian tradition. How's that for timing? (I gather that this is a comparison between the Grail Hallows, or Hallows of Britain/Ireland - either four or thirteen, depending on the source text - and the Horcruxes, which certainly complicates and enriches the possibilities of what we may see in Book 7. This could get very interesting indeed. Not that we didn't already know that...)

This reminds me: an article I'd recommend, though it's now a bit dated, is "The Harry Potter Series and French Arthurian Romance" by Heather Arden and Kathryn Lorenz, from the Summer 2003 (vol. 13, no. 2) issue of Arthuriana.

Postscript: On another note, I find it interesting (re: Harry Potter) that Arthur slays Lucius in many versions of the Arthurian tales, including Le Morte d'Arthur itself (Book V Chapter VIII). Weasley-Malfoy rematch, anyone? We'll see.


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Dec. 21st, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't mind, I took the liberty of quoting you over on The Prancing Pony at the Fellowship of Middle Earth - in case you'd care to go speak for yourself, lol. It is in the "Pull Up a Chair" section in a thread entitled "Harry Potter 7" posted by Bella. This is very interesting and does make me wonder what she is up to, not that I didn't wonder before!
Dec. 21st, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks so much - I appreciate it! I'll see you over there. :) How will we be able to wait until it's published? Augh.
Dec. 22nd, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
So it's not going to be called Harry Potter vs. Swamp Thing? :D
Dec. 27th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! And my hopes for "Harry Potter vs. Mothra" are dashed... ;)
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