In this course we will discuss the ancestors to the Harry Potter phenomenon, examine the specific works and traditions that inform the Harry Potter universe, study the Harry Potter texts in depth, and, perhaps most importantly, consider why the Harry Potter franchise has achieved unparalleled global popularity today. In the process, we will take both a theoretical and historical approach to popular culture in general and J.K. Rowling’s works in particular. Wizards, witches, squibs, and muggles are welcome as we get to the very heart of Harry Potter.
Taking Harry Seriously (Spring 2012)
Harry Potter Paperback (boxed set) - J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle The Bard - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Blu-ray) - directed by David Yates
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (DVD) - directed by David Yates
Students need only buy either the Blu-ray or DVD special edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Students outside of the United States may use a local special edition as long as it includes the documentary,
“J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life.”