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Friday, July 8 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Wounded Wolf: The Sympathetic Werewolf as Healer and Teacher in Harry Potter and Contemporary Paranormal Literature

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Wolves and werewolves are traditionally associated with lust and violence. Periodically, however, a different type of werewolf emerges. Paranormal romance “alphas” dominate modern literature, but sympathetic werewolves are found in Harry Potter, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, and the Alpha and Omega series: werewolves “through no fault of their own,” innocents wounded deliberately. They struggle with their wounds, their unwanted monstrous nature, and their potential for wounding others. Paradoxically, their wounded wolfishness gives them the ability to recognize pain, to teach, and to heal. This paper incorporates new elements of Rowling’s werewolf mythology, new understandings of wolf behavior, and modern attitudes surrounding wild wolves.


Melissa Aaron

Melissa D. Aaron, aka.”Moonyprof,” is a Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches a Harry Potter course. Her area is Renaissance drama, Shakespeare, and theatre history. In the Harry Potter fandom, she specializes in werewolves and has given... Read More →

Friday July 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Del Mar II
  • Type Lecture
  • Theme Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Literary Themes