Annika Gidley: Passion Turned Digital

One of the many benefits of being a Mellon Scholar is the ability to explore endless possibilities when it comes to projects you can create. Annika Gidley, a senior Mellon Scholar, took that creative freedom and ran with it. Unlocking Lily Potter is Annika’s latest research project and through it, she has shown how passion can meet the digital humanities.

 Annika’s project takes an in-depth look at Lily Potter, a character in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

She uses Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory to analyze different aspects of Lily Potter and her role in the Harry Potter series.

Rene Girard’s mimetic theory, or theory of triangular desire, is fundamental to this particular interpretation of Lily Potter…. The theory is multi-faceted and examines many aspects of Western culture, but two of its tenets are of primary interest to this project: the idea of imitated (mimetic) desire, and the scapegoat mechanism

Annika’s research has allowed for a full exploration of Lily Potter.

This website, as part of a larger project, aims to realize the full significance of the character Lily Potter by examining her different relationships with other characters and the influence these relationships have on the events and outcomes of the series.

Her project, while providing an interesting take on the Harry Potter character, also shows that Mellon Scholars are allowed to express themselves through their research.

To view Annika’s full project click here.

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