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Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Research Fellow and Lecturer in Renaissance English
Trinity College, Oxford University

Beatrice Groves teaches at Oxford and, while she usually researches Shakespeare and early modern literature, she has recently published on literary allusion in Harry Potter.

Subjects: Literature


Beatrice Groves (1978 - ) studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is now Research Fellow and Lecturer at Trinity College, Oxford. She has published over twenty articles and two monographs on Shakespeare and early modern literature: Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare, 1592-1604 (Oxford University Press, 2007) and The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her latest publication, in a slightly different vein (although Shakespeare still makes it in there), is Literary Allusion in Harry Potter (Routledge, 2017).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Shakespeare; Early Modern literature and drama; the Destruction of Jerusalem; Psalms



Shakepeare's Henry IV part 1 a source for Harry Potter?

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Mugglenet blog for Shakespeare's birthday and World Book Day

Oxford Literary Festival, 23 March 2018: Interviewed by Peter Kemp

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Beatrice Groves Interviewed by Peter Kemp

Friday, 23 March 2018


1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50


Expert in literary allusion Dr Beatrice Groves explains how J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels draws on great literary works of the past including the works of Shakespeare, Homer, Ovid, Chaucer, Milton, Tennyson, Hardy, Chaucer and Dickens.

Groves offers a different approach that adds to the understanding of these bestselling works of modern fiction. She also hopes to encourage Potter fans to discover works they may not yet be familiar with and gain a broader appreciation of literature.

Groves is a research lecturer at Trinity College, Oxford. She has published two books on literary allusion in Renaissance literature. Here she talks to Peter Kemp, chief fiction reviewer of The Sunday Times.


BBC Radio Scotland: Harry Potter and Edinburgh

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Harry Potter's Edinburgh' is a half-hour radio documentary for BBC Radio Scotland's winter season which will broadcast on New Year's Day. Presenter Sean Biggerstaff (AKA Quidditch captain, Oliver Wood) will be exploring why, when a character becomes as popular as Harry Potter, people feel the need to experience a bit of the magic in the real world. Many Potter fans now make the pilgrimage to Edinburgh and the city has a thriving wizarding underworld - from Quidditch played weekly in the city's parks to tours and quizzes.

We'll take the Potter tour, visiting Greyfriars kirkyard where there are some familiar names on the headstones, and join the thousands of Potter pilgrims, touching JK Rowling's handprints the city's High Street. We'll meet Potter super-fans, including Emily - a trainee vet from Yorkshire who chose Edinburgh University because of the Potter connection and who always carries a copy of The Philosopher's Stone in her pocket in case she bumps into her favourite author! And 'Dean of Harry Potter Scholars' John Granger and author Beatrice Groves shed some light on the psychology behind this magical phenomenon.

Reading, Writing, Rowling podcast: discussing unpublished Rowling interview

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Join Katy McDaniel and John Granger, along with guest Beatrice Groves (Literary Allusion in
Harry Potter), for a fascinating conversation with The Magicians author Lev Grossman. Hear
about Rowling’s thoughts on C.S. Lewis and J.M. Barrie, the gender dynamics of children’s
literature (and Harry Potter, in particular), and balancing the writing life with motherhood.

We discuss Rowling’s explanation of fans’ most hated plot holes (like Harry’s failure to use the mirror
to check on Sirius in Book 5) and whether she is responsive to fan critiques. Lev Grossman also shares his own thoughts on writing fantasy and how his stories respond to Rowling and other authors. His allusions in the Magicians trilogy reference both Western literary tradition and popular culture so as to situate his stories more clearly in the present day. Are his novels a subversion of modern fantasy novels, including Harry Potter? Listen and learn!

Blog about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 2 movie

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Blog about the fan theory that the Maledictus in Crimes of Grindelwald will become Nagini.


Interview with Quite Irregular

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Interview about writing Literary Allusion in Harry Potter

Mugglenet blog #5: Shakespeare and Harry Potter part 3

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: Shakespeare and “Harry Potter” – Part 3

Welcome to the final post in a special series on literary allusion in Harry Potter by guest writer Dr. Beatrice Groves! In this installment, she examines how both J.K. Rowling and Shakespeare use ghosts to embody the past.  If you’re intrigued, don’t forget to check out her book Literary Allusion in Harry Potter

Mugglenet blog # 4: Shakespeare and Harry Potter part 2

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: Shakespeare and “Harry Potter” – Part 2 

Today, Dr. Beatrice Groves continues her discussion of Shakespeare and Harry Potter by looking at one of the Bard’s most famous plays – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You can read Part 1 of her Shakespearean analysis here, and her analysis of Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes here. If you’re enjoying her literary take on the Potter series – any Ravenclaws in the audience? – be sure to check out Dr. Groves’ book Literary Allusion in Harry Potter!

Mugglenet blog #3: Shakespeare and Harry Potter part 1

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: Shakespeare and “Harry Potter” – Part 1

 Dr. Beatrice Groves, fellow and Shakespeare tutor at Trinity College, Oxford University, is back again today, this time kicking off a three-part series on the connections between Harry Potter and the works of Shakespeare

Mugglenet blog #2: Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter

By: Beatrice Laura Ruth Groves

Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: “Prisoner of Azkaban”, “Order of the Phoenix”, and Sherlock Holmes