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Friday, July 19 • 11:00am - 11:45am
They Won’t Hurt You Unless You Attack Them: Animal Familiars in the Wizarding World

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J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is filled with animals that are not Fantastic Beasts, but which appear in witch trials. Cats, toads, rats, and owls, the feared accomplices of witches, become assistants in Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts: Mrs. Norris and Mrs. Figgs’ multiple cats, magical service animals; French tabbies, magical guards; the familiars of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, pets at Hogwarts. This presentation draws on witch trials, folklore, fantasy, and children’s stories as the sources for the animals of Rowling’s universe.


Melissa D. Aaron (Moonyprof)

Melissa D. Aaron, aka “Moonyprof,” is a Professor of English at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches a Harry Potter course. Her areas are Shakespeare and theatre history. Her Harry Potter specialty is Lupin and werewolves. Her papers include “Newt Scamander and the Uses of Compassion... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Salon 4 Doubletree by Hilton at Tarrytown