A to Z Challenge – H for Harry Potter

Hi all,

2rwkldzAnyone else a Harry Potter fan?  I will admit to being a teeny bit obsessed and getting the chance to visit Harry Potter Studios earlier this year was a dream come through for me. Anyone who has read the books or seen the films will be aware that there are werewolves in the Harry Potter world, but have you ever looked a bit closer at Rowling’s thought-process for them?

One of the nastier werewolf characters is Fenrir Greyback, and since I’m a big mythology fan the name is pretty familiar. In Norse myth, Fenrir is the great wolf who was feared would one day destroy the world, so it seems like no coincidence Rowling would name the character after him.

We also have the much more relatable character of Remus Lupin. The name Remus coming from the twins Romulus and Remus, who are considered in legend as the founders of Rome who suckled on a wolf, and Lupin, coming from the latin lupus, which means wolf. (The poor man never had a chance, huh?) J.K. Rowling tends to a theme for giving characters names that are significant, and are often taken from mythology.

remusLupin’s condition of lycanthropy, which comes from the combined Greek terms for ‘wolf’ and ‘man’, was described by Rowing as a metaphor for all those illnesses that carry a stigma, like HIV and AIDs. “All kinds of superstitions seem to surround blood-borne conditions, probably due to taboos surrounding blood itself. The wizarding community is as prone to hysteria and prejudice as the Muggle one, and the character of Lupin gave me a chance to examine those attitudes.” We see not only how Lupin can be shunned by the community, but also his own self-loathing about his condition, to the extent that he doesn’t believe he deserves to have love and a family.

hp werewolfI think we can all relate to that feeling of insecurity and worthlessness sometimes – I’m guessing not due to lycanthropy, but we all have things we dislike about ourselves and that we wonder if anyone will ever be able to love us for. My characters are no different, and I hope it’s one of the things that makes them relatable to.


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10 responses to “A to Z Challenge – H for Harry Potter”

  1. My partner is a huge Harry Potter fan and I just shared this to them. Thank you for writing something so awesome

    1. aww, hope they like it x

  2. I am a huge Harry Potter fan too. Did you go to the studios? It was amazing at Christmas with the decorations up

    1. I did! I went in Jan this year and they still had all the Christmas and the snowy sets up – was amazing 🙂 Can’t wait to go back!

      1. I went just before Christmas and had the best time. Everything covered in snow as amazing!! I love your picture of the Great Hall. When I went the first time it was my birthday so I got to open the door. I nearly cried :L

      2. Oh wow, that would be just amazing. I was at the front when we went into the Great Hall so managed to get the full effect before it filled up, but opening the actual door would be awesome 🙂 Lol, I took so many piccies when I went, think people on here must be sick of them by now!

  3. Oh this is great! I never thought of those wolf connections… Thank you for enlightening me here 🙂

  4. I would enjoy visiting the Harry Potter attraction if it was as empty as your photo! 😉

    A Bit to Read

    1. Hehe, it would be nice to have a private look round, but they do stagger it out by giving you a time slot so it’s not packed out. Some of the more popular sets (especially the small ones) can have a bit of a group round them but I never had to wait more than about 5 mins to get to the front to have a good look.

  5. I fell in love with harry when my son was reading them and a faction decided we would all go to hell for reading them. So I read it too. I hope you’re enjoying the A to Z!
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