Most of us grew up watching Harry and all his adventures at Hogwarts. I read the books when I was eleven and to this day I still consider it to be one of the best series I've ever read. There's something so captivating about the magical world laced with trial and triumph. J.K. Rowling's novels went on to be best-selling books and some of the most anticipated movies of all time. However, the fun doesn't end there. Remember back in high school, when we all wished our classes had more creative substance to them than numbers and equations?
Believe it or not, some colleges give you a chance to go back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and explore the magical world in more depth. Fresh U is proud to present muggles with 10 schools where you can take a class on Harry Potter.
1. Kansas State University
Kansas State offers a class called "Harry Potter's Library." Students take a critical look at the Harry Potter series and compare them to other fantasy novels by authors such as Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis. The Harry Potter phenomenon is explored and students have the opportunity to examine political themes that reoccur in the series.
2. University of Western Ontario
In "The Many Faces of Harry Potter," students have the opportunity to relate the beloved series to a number of other genres, including detective fiction, gothic, adventure, dystopian and fantasy. An interesting aspect of this class is that students are also required to think critically about how the novels were turned into films.
3. Georgetown University
When students take "Knights of Old & Harry Potter," they explore various themes that arise in the series, from discovering one's identity to friendship and betrayal. The class also examines how various factors and experiences contribute to developing one's sense of self, as seen in Harry throughout his seven years at Hogwarts. This is a great pick for students who wish to delve into the analytical scene behind Harry Potter.
4. Nipissing University
A classic name for a classic course, "Harry Potter" looks at the multiple storylines within Harry Potter, how they affect the character's lives and how they come together. It also highlights recurring themes such as racism, religious symbols and focuses on striking a balance between love and friendship.
5. Frostburg University
Frostburg puts a twist on all these Harry Potter classes. Instead of teaching from a literature standpoint, their "Science of Harry Potter" class teaches students about the scientific concepts behind the magical events that occur in the series. For example, students explore the physics that makes Quidditch possible and the possible genetics associated with magical creatures. The world has young Harry Potter scientists in the making.
6. Durham University
Welcome to "Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion," the first Harry Potter class to ever make headway in the UK. Brought about by popular demand, students learn about the social and cultural context in which Harry Potter flourished. Furthermore, the class discusses common themes today such as adolescence, good citizenship, peer pressure and intolerance, to name a few.
7. University of Waterloo
"Popular Potter" was designed by Neil Randall, who decided that students should feel empowered by studying something they love. Exclusively based on all seven novels, students explore character development, the mix of genres and different language usage throughout the series.
8. Wilfrid Laurier University
In "Harry Potter and Medieval Culture," students learn how Harry Potter draws upon medieval artifacts, practices and attitudes. The class also examines how Harry Potter has influenced the ways in which the Middle Ages is perceived, through various forms of media.
9. University of Texas
In "Rhetoric of Fandom," students use Harry Potter as a focal point to study how fandom has influenced American culture. Various fandom communities are explored to determine where controversy lies and how they generate power online. This is a great class for people who are part of multiple fandoms, given that this course extends to other fandoms such as Twilight, Star Trek and even One Direction.
10. Lawrence University
A history class, "Thinking About Harry Potter" challenges students to focus on Harry Potter as a cultural phenomenon. J.K. Rowling's stories will be examined with respect to history, myths and ethics, as well as social and political implications.
So there you have it. Harry Potter classes are very real and also very educational. By teaching students various concepts through J.K. Rowling's beloved literature, these classes allow students to explore Hogwarts and the wizarding world just a little while longer. Who knows how these classes can evolve from here? Maybe one day there will be classes focused on multiple best-selling phenomenons.
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