Stories are powerful in that they can bring together individuals from all walks of life. The Harry Potter series lives in many people who have imagined themselves fighting a dragon in the triwizard tournament, soaring on a Nimbus2000 in search of a snitch, and searching the Forbidden Forest for a giant. These powerful connections readers make to stories unites them with others who they may or may not ever engage with otherwise. Our students from all over campus bring unique experiences to the reading and rereading of this story that bonds them together for life.
Welcome to an immersive literature class where we explore the world of Harry Potter, along with other texts and authors that inspired author J.K. Rowling, and consider the role of power and privilege within both the wizarding and our own worlds. This experience, which includes 2 weekends in the US and spring break in the UK, dives into reading the series with a social justice lens.
In a course designed to bring the books to life, we start our journey in Oxford, England where so many great authors have begun. Upon arrival students immediately break into teams and begin exploring historical and cultural sites around town. Additionally we add in author inspiration and actual film locations to a lengthy selfie scavenger hunt.
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All 7 of the Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Boy by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlands by Lewis Carroll
Literature Circle Groups choose a modern day British Author: David Walliams, Jo Cotterill, Patrick Ness, etc.
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