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Saturday, June 29 • 9:00am - 9:50am
When Gothic Meets Comic: Exploring the Ghosts of Hogwarts Castle

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The nature of Rowling’s ghosts in the Harry Potter series is complex, as their liminal status is twofold: not only are they textually in between life and death, but they are also in between two literary conventions. Ghosts are deeply rooted within the Gothic tradition, but the ghosts of Hogwarts are friendly, ubiquitous, and even comical. This paper explores these ghosts, who hover between being frightful and comical, and their unique influence over Harry throughout the series.

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Kelly Orazi

Kelly Orazi has been reading and loving the Harry Potter series since she was 11 years old. Now a graduate student of medieval and fantasy literature, she loves them all the more. Her scholarly work on fantasy has been presented at the Mythopoeic Society's Tolkien conference, Mythcon... Read More →

Saturday June 29, 2013 9:00am - 9:50am PDT