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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy$
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Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.001.0001

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Orestes and the Half-Blood Prince

Orestes and the Half-Blood Prince

Ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter Series

(p.209) 9 Orestes and the Half-Blood Prince
Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

Brett M. Rogers

Oxford University Press

Brett M. Rogers, in “Orestes and the Half-Blood Prince: Ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter Series,” explores the unexpected quotation from Libation Bearers in Deathly Hallows, as well as a likely ‘ghosting’ of Aeschylus in The Half-Blood Prince. Rogers considers the different reading practices and methods that are used to identify and describe such relationships, focusing in particular on and revising Tony Keen’s notion of ‘ghosting.’ Rogers then argues that Rowling’s depictions of Voldemort as a tyrant, and of schoolchildren responding to tyranny, specifically draw on and respond to Aeschylus’ ideas about education and kinship from the Oresteia. The Harry Potter novels, Rogers suggests, treat schools as objects of scrutiny and emphasize the processes of both learning and unlearning knowledge.

Keywords:   Aeschylus, Education, ghosting, Harry Potter (book series), Oresteia (tragedies), Rowling, J. K, Tyranny

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