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Harry Potter: Culture and Folklore Muggle Style

Course Details

The objective of this course is to explore the uses of folklore and culture in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  We will explore a wide range of topics such as the coming of age genre, transformative journey from the Romantic sublime to the Gothic supernatural, and even the intertextuality between folklore and mythology.  We will examine how the muggle world and the world of magic are constructed and negotiated in the battle of good and evil. Enrichment class only, is not a replacement for English courses at The Madeira School. 

Some of the topics explored:

  • Culture of the muggle and magical worlds
  • Role of race and culture in social hierarchies
  • Role of government and authoritarian control
  • Tension between love and death
  • Understanding the sublime and the supernatural
  • The bildungsroman genre and Josep Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces

*There is zero tolerance policy for spoilers!  They may be students who have not read the complete series; please respect that magic of being new to Harry Potter.

Required Materials

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Laptop
  • Notebook
  • Writing utensils

Dates & Fees

Program hours are 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grades Dates Fees Instructor
Rising 7-9 July 10 - July 14 $475 Ms. Amy Heishman