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Friday, July 19 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Why So Old-Fashioned? A Note on J. K. Rowling's World Building.

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The witches and wizards in the Harry Potter novels use many “old-fashioned” things, such as quills, parchment, and torches, although other contemporary fictional representations of witches (such as "Bewitched" and "Sabrina") show them using telephones and electricity. Why did Rowling build her world so differently? This presentation shows that such old-fashioned are the logical consequence of "The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy."


David Martin

David Martin is a husband, father, and grandfather. He is a retired computer programmer. He has been following Harry Potter since 1999 and has made presentations at several conventions. He is proud to be a Hufflepuff and wishes that Hermione had ended up with him rather than with... Read More →

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am EDT
Plaza 1/2/3 Doubletree by Hilton at Tarrytown