The Hidden Meanings of the Harry Potter Spells

Expecto Patronum! Wingardium Leviosa! Lumos! Today, we’re digging deeper into some of the iconic spells from J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. J. K. Rowling studied Classics (along with French) and the Latin language is ever present in her books: From the Hogwarts motto, to the names of famous locations and potions, her magical seriesContinue reading “The Hidden Meanings of the Harry Potter Spells”

The Magical World of The Odyssey

Today we wanted to talk about the Odyssey! Now, hold on, I know what you’re probably thinking… That ancient book? Isn’t that just for old scholars? Or PhD level Classicists? Yeah, we had our doubts too! But when one of us recently began reading it as part of a Classical Civilisation A Level, we realisedContinue reading “The Magical World of The Odyssey”

Why We’re Reading Harry Potter In Latin

When one of us recently started a distance learning course in Classical Civilisation (as you do in an international lock-down), our newly assigned tutor remarked that the Classics currently seem to be enjoying a revival. And so we wondered to what extent Harry Potter, a book that reflects J.K. Rowling’s interest in the Classical world,Continue reading “Why We’re Reading Harry Potter In Latin”