Blog for the international research project "Our Mythical Childhood… The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges", financed by the ERC Consolidator Grant led by Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw. Team members: Prof. Susan Deacy and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Prof. Elizabeth Hale and Dr Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Prof. Lisa Maurice and Dr Ayelet Peer, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke, Dr Divine Che Neba and Dr Eleanor A. Dasi, University of Yaoundé I; Dr Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr Sonya Nevin, Dott. Edoardo Pecchini, Marta Pszczolińska, Angelina Gerus and the Project Officers: Magdalena Andersen, Maria Makarewicz, and Olga Strycharczyk from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
Recently we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book about Harry Potter and today Harry celebrates his 37th:) birthday – on this occasion we wish to dedicate a post on our blog to the famous wizard. 🙂
During our recent research query in London, we had the opportunity to take part in “The Making of Harry Potter” Tour in Warner Bros Studio.
Thanks to this magical experience we were able to catch all the traces of Classical Antiquity and mythology on the film set. We wish to share with you our favourite five pieces of the exhibition:
1. Chocolate Phoenix (The Yule Ball from the “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”)
2. Hallway from The Leaky Gauldron (designed using ancient technique called “forced perspective”)
3. Werewolves on the wall of Defence Against the Dark Art Classroom
4. The Basilisk (from the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)
5. Buckbeak (Hippogriff)
All the photos were taken by the authors of this post in “Warner Bros. Studio Tour” in London.
Happy Birthday, Harry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Found by Dorota Bazylczyk and Anna Mik during the research query in London, UK.
“The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid”,directed and produced by Joel MacKenzie, wascreated in 2011 as an unofficial music video for Rich Aucoin’s song “P.U.S.H.”. Then, it appeared at many well-known animation festivals. Thanks to participation in the “Nickelodeon’s Animated Shorts Program” in 2015, Nickelodeon decided to developed “The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid” into a new short film.
The animationtalks about a group of mythological monsters (Medusa, Griffin, Cyclops,Unicorn, and Minotaur) who together build their robot-boy and they treat him as their beloved child. Unfortunately, Zeus does not like their idea – he becomes very angry when he learns about their invention and he decides to turn the boy into a very bad character…
What will the mythical characters do to save the boy? Will the story end happily?
You will find the answer in the video below – a moving story of love and sacrifice. 🙂
Please note that the material below may contain contents inappropriate for small children.
In “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Timbuktu Labs, 2016) we can find 100 inspirational bedtime stories for children about the lives of extraordinary women from different times and parts of the world.
There are also female characters from Antiquity, such as Cleopatra (pages 40-41), Hatshepsut (pages 66-67) and Hypatia (pages 72-73). The beautiful illustrations of these characters were created by Kiki Ljung (Cleopatra), Eleni Kalorkoti (Hatshepsut) and Riikka Sormunen (Hypatia)
The second part of the book is coming soon – we hope to find there even more female figures from the ancient world! 🙂
Have a look at a book series devoted to mythical creatures! It is called “Beasts of Olympus” (2015-). Its author is Lucy Coats. At this moment the series consists of 8 books: “Beast Keeper”, “Hound of Hades”, “Steeds of the Gods”, “Dragon Healer”, “Centaur School”, “Zeus’s Eagle”, “Gods of the North” and “The Unicorn Emergency”.
The series was published by Piccadilly Press (illustrated by David Roberts) and by Penguin Young Readers (illustrated by Brett Bean).
This year (7th June – 24th September 2017) in the National Gallery in London you can see the “Take One Picture” exhibition that shows children’s works inspired by Rubens’ “A Roman Triumph”.
It is interesting to see how children interpreted many objects from the Ancient world, for example Roman classical buildings, temples, columns, decorative designs, musical instruments, animals. The results of their work are amazing! 🙂
All photos were taken by the authors of this post in the National Gallery in London.