Dr. Melissa Aaron, Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, looks at the genesis of J. K. Rowling's magical creatures through the medieval bestiary, or "book of beasts." Aaron discusses medieval and Renaissance depictions of these creatures and their adaptation for the Potterverse, including the new Fantastic Beasts film.
March 17, 2017
Image: Aquamanile (water jug) in the shape of a unicorn, Workshop of the Flammschweiflöwen, Nuremberg, Germany, c. 1400, bronze, Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, Cl. 2136, © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY, Photograph: Gérard Blot
- Exhibition and Other Lectures