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Literary Allusion in Harry Potter builds on the world-wide enthusiasm for J.K. Rowling�s series in order to introduce its readers to some of the great works of literature on which Rowling draws. Harry Potter�s narrative techniques are rooted in the western literary tradition and its allusions provide insight into Rowling�s fictional world. Each chapter of Literary Allusion in Harry Potter consists of an in-depth discussion of the intersection between Harry Potter and a canonical literary work, such as the plays of Shakespeare, the poetry of Homer, Ovid, the Gawain-poet, Chaucer, Milton and Tennyson, and the novels of Austen, Hardy and Dickens. This approach aims to transform the reader�s understanding of Rowling�s literary achievement as well as to encourage the discovery of works with which they may be less familiar. The aim of this book is to delight Potter fans with a new perspective on their favourite books while harnessing that enthusiasm to increase their wider appreciation of literature.