Hey, Harry Potter fans! The Summer 2014 season of learning at the Mythgard Institute includes the course Taking Harry Seriously, taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The course is designed to examine the artistry and meanings of the Harry Potter saga.

Here’s the course description and video:

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.

The following video provides a brief overview of the course. Check out the course description page at Mythgard Institute for more info.

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