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IDS 101: Harry Potter and the Ethics of Difference: Alohomora (Your Librarian)

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Course Description

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In the robust, complex, and intriguing wizarding world of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling masterfully weaves fantasy with reality to create underlying subplots related to dealing with difference. In this course, we will journey together through the Harry Potter series to analyze, discuss, and evaluate many of these subplots to guide our inquiry into questions such as: what is the social hierarchy in the wizarding world and how does it overlap with or differ from the real world? How do the natures of the characters and their manifestations of prejudice allow readers to connect to the characters and better understand prejudice? What does Rowling offer as solutions to prejudicial social attitudes and institutions and would these solutions “solve” these issues in the real world today? We will draw upon J.K. Rowling’s series, in addition to other sources that will help guide our conversations on these topics. Familiarity with the Harry Potter texts is recommended.

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