The Influences That Lead to Harry Potter
It’s no secret that many authors turn to outside influences while creating their works, but where could J. K. Rowling have turned to for her whimsical world of Harry Potter? The list is actually fairly long! Rowling looked as far back as possible, pulling from the Greek epic poem The Iliad, specifically referring to the parallels between when Harry Potter saves Cedric Diggory’s body from Voldemort (oops sorry, I mean he who shall not be named) and when Achilles rescues Patroclus’ corpse from Hector. Pay close enough attention and you’ll also find similarities between the Harry Potter series and The Pardoner’s Tale, which fully inspired The Deathly Hallows, The Chronicles of Narnia, Manxmouse, The Sword in the Stone, The Wind in the Willows, The Little White Horse, and, believe it or not, Shakespeare’s Macbeth.