The Minister of Magical Education is especially happy to announce the return to our festival of Dr. Kathryn (Katy) N. McDaniel, host of a leading MuggleNet podcast and co-editor of Harry Potter for Nerds II. Dr. McDaniel is Andrew U. Thomas Professor of History and department chair at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. On festival day, Dr. McDaniel will talk about “Resisting Totalitarianism in the Wizarding World.”
A British historian specializing in the intersections of popular culture and history, she has published and presented on travel literature, historical themes in fantasy fiction, and pedagogy, and teaches a course called “Harry Potter and the Liberal Arts” at Marietta College. In her published work on Harry Potter, Dr. McDaniel has explored the ways the series presents feminism, education, maps and journeys, totalitarianism, and history. She currently hosts (with John Granger) the podcast “Reading, Writing, Rowling: Imagination and Fiction in the Age of Harry Potter” on MuggleNet.com, where they discuss all things related to J. K. Rowling and the Potterverse.