Unfortunately for a lot of us, our Hogwarts acceptance letter got lost in the mail a long time ago and we’ve been eternally p*ssed off at the mailing system here in Australia because of it.
But now, there may be an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, because there’s a university that has just introduced a new Harry Potter course that is our adult calling to the wizarding world.
Kolkata’s West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJUS), in India, has created the new course which dives into the world of Harry Potter to find links between its magical world and India, in the realms of law.
The BBC reported on the course, revealing it’s called ‘An interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special focus on Rowling’s Potterverse’.
If you think that this is just some slack-off class, it ain’t!
The unit looks into how social and class rights in India are parallel to the “enslavement of house-elves and the marginalisation of werewolves.”
Professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, the designer of the course, told the BBC that it’s an experiment to “encourage creative thinking.
"In our current system, we simply tell students the black letter of law.
“You can also see so many examples of how media is subverted by political institutions in the Potter books and see parallels in the real world.”
For the time being, only senior students at NUJUS are able to study the discussion-based course, that runs over 45-hours of sessions, as an elective, starting from December.
The course has already reached full capacity…
Fingers crossed our Aussie uni’s get the hint that we REALLY want this Harry Potter being parallel to real life stuff taught in our degrees.