Katherine Grimes, Ferrum College

The Minister of Magical Education welcomes another faculty returnee, Dr. M. Katherine Grimes, professor of English at Ferrum College. On festival day, Dr. Grimes will talk about Harry Potter as a fairy tale prince, a topic she will relate to Bruno Bettelheim's theories about fairy tales. She will also moderate the panel "Teaching Harry Potter at the College/University Level."

Dr. Grimes is a contributor to The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter (Missouri, 2001), the first published collection of essays on J. K. Rowling's famous series. She also co-edited Critical Insights: Harry Potter (Grey House, 2015) with Dr. Lana Whited and recently edited Critical Insights: The Outsiders (Grey House, 2018).

A native Tar Heel, Dr. Grimes holds degrees from Catawba College and the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Greensboro. In addition to the Harry Potter series, Dr. Grimes is especially interested in literature of the American South, African American literature, and maturation literature. Her dissertation topic was absent mothers in Southern Literature. She also teaches mythology to middle schoolers in the Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp.

Learn more about Dr. Katherine Grimes here:  http://www.ferrum.edu/artsandhumanities/faculty/m-katherine-grimes/