The objective of this course is to explore J.K. Rowling’s world in the Harry Potter series through book discussions and activities. In this course we will help legitimize the genre of fantasy by exploring topics, themes, and issues brought about by this series. In addition, we will try to understand what makes the series so compelling to generations of readers, and what has made it the best-selling book series of all time. We hope to prove that Harry Potter is a work of academic merit to our students. To do this, we will discuss:
(1) the history of magic, witchcraft, and wizardry
(2) social hierarchies and the role of race in culture
(3) social relationships and dynamics: friendships and families
(4) international education and cooperation
(5) the role of government and corruption, concentration on authoritarianism, in civilian life
(6) children’s literature, fantasy novels and the Harry Potter fandom
(7) the role of death and love in the hero’s journey
This class is open to everyone, from the most dedicated fans to those who have never read the books or watched the movies. However, we have lifted our spoiler ban, meaning text spoilers are allowed in class! If you are a first-time reader, you are welcome regardless, but be prepared! At times, our faculty advisor will also attend lecture as part of their supervision and sponsorship of our class.
Each class will usually be split into two parts. The first part is a reading quiz, a short lecture concerning that week's reading, and discussion. The second is a fun activity based on that week's reading, for which you can win points for your house toward the illustrious House Cup. Points will also be awarded for bringing in food (extra for homemade or Harry Potter themed food!). We have many fun activities planned for the semester, including:
-The Yule Ball
-Theoretical and Practical O.W.L. exams
....and much more!
How to Enroll
We will be holding a mandatory application session on Wednesday, September 4th at 6pm at Hearst Annex B5. Don't worry! This isn't a test of your Harry Potter knowledge. We just want to create the best class we can, so we are looking for enthusiastic students who are excited to participate. Whether you've read the books 50 times or never at all, we just want to see that you care and WHY you want to be in the class. Please bring your laptop to the session!
No day(s) left until application deadline!
|Connor Green, Allegra Koch, Maya Cornejo, Aditi Ramakrishnan
|Hearst Field Annex B5