What was the Name of that Nymph Again? or Greek and Roman Studies Recalled in an article by J. K. Rowling, published in Issue 41 of Pegasus: Journal of the University of Exeter Department of Classics and Ancient History, in 1998. It consists of a self-deprecating account of Rowling's university days, and provides the occasional interesting insight on the inspiration behind some aspects of the Harry Potter series.
Connection to the Harry Potter series
Within the article, Rowling mentions a lecturer only referred to as "Z" (in contrast to "Professor X" and "Dr Y" mentioned earlier in the article) who was the inspiration for Professor Binns. She does not elaborate, however, on the exact degree of similarity between the two, citing an unwillingness to be sued.
Though this is the only explicit reference to Harry Potter, it may also be presumed that the Greek and Roman Studies course she mentions in the article was the influence for at least some of the elements from Greco-Roman mythology featured in the Harry Potter stories such as the use of a three-headed dog as a subterranean guardian in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She makes explicit reference to having learned about Bellerophon in that course; Bellerophon is obliquely mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Notes and references
- ROWLING, Joanne (1998). "What was the Name of that Nymph Again? or Greek and Roman Studies Recalled"(PDF) in Pegasus: Journal of the University of Exeter Department of Classics and Ancient History, Issue 41: University of Exeter Press, 1998.