Von Harry Potter bis Star Wars – der Phönix in der Phantastik (Celine Derikartz)

„Wie ein Phönix aus der Asche“ heißt es oft. Der antike Mythos des Feuervogels, der nach seinem Tod aus der eigenen Asche wieder aufersteht, erfreut sich nach wie vor großer Beliebtheit und hat die Zeit bis heute überdauert. Zugegeben, ein Vogel, der in einem stetigen Kreislauf, nachdem er geschlüpft ist, auf dem Höhepunkt seines Lebens in Flammen aufgeht und sich dann aus seiner eigenen Asche neu erschafft, ist an Symbolcharakter kaum zu überbieten. Kein Wunder also, dass zahlreiche Filmemacher Read more [...]

Harry Potter and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Lisa Korbach)

Introduction Harry Potter has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena in modern times. What J. K. Rowling wrote in her very first book of the series – “[This boy will] be famous – […] every child in our world will know his name!”[1] – referring to the fictional children in the series, could just as easily be referring to our world today, or as Potterheads like to call it, the muggle world. The relation of the Harry Potter universe to ancient Greek mythology has been examined Read more [...]

Athene McGonagall and the Devine Owl – The Use of Ancient Greek Myths as Imagery in Harry Potter

Introduction[1] During the past twenty years or so the world of Harry Potter has enraptured the minds of millions of people, young and old. The masterfully crafted magical universe sparked a world-wide interest in fantasy, magic and myths – an ongoing interest that does not seem to imply a downward trend happening in the near future. The world of Harry Potter is complex, and the parts not invented by author Joanne Rowling lends its themes, characters and narratives from a variety of sources; among Read more [...]

Harry Potter and the Greek treasure trove – How and why Greek myths were incorporated into a modern magical epic

Introduction In ancient Greek the word μῦθος (mythos) simply means word, speech or story, but can also carry the connotations normally associated with the word “myth” today: namely fiction, legend or fable.[1] In recent years books and films alike have provided us with a cornucopia of fantastical tales of gods, heroes and mystical creatures. The genre of fantasy seems to be getting ever more popular, and looking to the future, it appears we still have a lot to look forward to from companies Read more [...]

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