J. K. Rowling’s “ Harry Potter” series (1997–2007) has turned into a global phenomenon and her Potterverse is still expanding. The contributions in this volume provide a range of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to various dimensions of this multifacetted universe. The introductory article focuses on different forms of world building in the novels, the translations, the film series and the fandom.
Part I examines various potential sources for Rowling’s series in folklore, the Arthurian legend and Gothic literature. Further articles focus on parallels between the “Harry Potter” series and Celtic Druidism, the impact Victorian notions of gender roles have had on the representation of the Gaunt family, the reception of (medieval and Early Modern) history in the series and the influence of Christian concepts on the world view expressed in the novels.
Part II focuses on a range of prominent political and social themes in the series, including conspiracy, persecution and terror, racism as well as the role of economic, social and cultural capital. Other articles explore the concept of a Magical Criminal Law and its consequences as well as the significance of secrets and forbidden places.
The articles in Part III go beyond the novels by taking the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, Pottermore and fan fiction into account. Main topics in this part include trauma theory/PTSD, queerbaiting, a ‘post’-colonial analysis of the representation of Native Americans in Rowling’s “History of Magic in North America” and the depiction of violence, incest and rape in fan fictions.
The concluding article highlights the diversification of the Potterverse and analyses strategies informing its ongoing expansion.
- 11–38 Marion Gymnich and Klaus Scheunemann: The ‘Harry Potter Phenomenon’: Forms of World Building in the Novels, the Translations, the Film Series and the Fandom 11–38
- Laura Hartmann: The Black Dog and the Boggart: Fantastic Beasts in Joanne K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Where to Find Them in Mythology and Traditional Folklore
- Denise Burkhard and Julia Stibane: Darkness, Danger and Death: Exploring Gothic Places in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Jule Lenzen: Parallels between Celtic Druidism on the British Isles and in Ireland and the Magical World of the Harry Potter Novels
- Naemi Winter: ‘I read about it in Hogwarts: A History’: The Reception and Function of History in the World of Harry Potter
- Anne Mahler: Haunted by Voldemort or Suffering from PTSD: Analysing Harry Potter’s Psychological Struggles in Adulthood in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Marthe-Siobhán Hecke: Queerbaiting in the Harry Potter Series and in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
- Aleksandra Szczodrowski: Native Americans in J.K. Rowling’s “History of Magic in North America” on Pottermore
- Marion Gymnich, Denise Burkhard and Hanne Birk: The Ever-Expanding Potterverse: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Pottermore
- 251–254 Contributors 251–254
- 255–256 List of Abbreviations 255–256
- 257–260 Index 257–260