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The Folger Spotlight

Harry Potter vs. Richard III

In case you missed last week’s post and in honor of the first rehearsal of Richard III at the Folger today, here are eleven more reasons why Harry Potter is like Richard III.

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1. Adorable But Annoying Child

Harry Potter: Colin Creevey

Richard III: Prince Edward

2. Crazy Old Woman Who Runs Around the Castle

Harry Potter:  Professor Trelawney

Richard III: Queen Margaret

3. Grey Lady

Harry Potter: Helena Ravenclaw

Richard III: Queen Elizabeth, formerly Lady Grey

4. Location

Harry Potter: various places in England, mostly castles

Richard III: various places in England, mostly castles

5. Beheaded Character

Harry Potter: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (Nearly Headless Nick)

Richard III: Lord Hastings

6. Overprotective Mother

Harry Potter: Molly Weasley

Richard III: Queen Elizabeth

7. Unrequited Love

Harry Potter: Severus Snape for Lily Potter

Richard III: King Richard for Princess Elizabeth

8. What Everyone Wants   

Harry Potter: What they see in the mirror of Erised

Richard III: To be king

9. Ghosts Who Help the Hero Win

Harry Potter: Moaning Myrtle

Richard III: Ghosts of King Henry VI, Prince Edward, the Duke of York, the Duke of Clarence, Queen Anne, Lord Rivers, Lord Vaughn, Lord Grey, and the Duke of Buckingham

10. Families with Too Many Sons

Harry Potter: The Weasleys (Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron)

Richard III: The Yorks (Edward, Edmund, George, Richard)

11. Inevitable Marriage

Harry Potter: Ron and Hermione

Richard III: Richmond and Princess Elizabeth