Explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter in Scotland and England! Journey through the Highlands on the Hogwarts Express, roam through awe-inspiring castles and graveyards, write in the café where Rowling penned The Chamber of Secrets, meet the artists who designed The Daily Prophet, and speak with the Scots translator of The Philosopher’s (Sorcerer's) Stone.
These activities and more will help you to interpret Harry Potter novels, films, and plays with greater complexity. Based mostly in Edinburgh and London, we will also visit Glenfinnan, Alnwick, Durham and Oxford to investigate geographic and socio-historical influences. Harry Potter’s influence on contemporary literature, art, and culture – such as The Magicians and fan-fiction sites – will be highlighted as well.
Because this course is interdisciplinary, you will learn to approach Harry Potter from multiple perspectives. After four weeks of fun and intensive study, you will be uniquely situated both to win pub quizzes and to contribute to scholarly conversations about Harry Potter. The knowledge and skills you acquire from this course – including evaluating cultural context, applying close-reading strategies to primary and secondary sources, interpreting and creating visual media, conducting research at National libraries, and writing creatively and analytically -- will benefit you in future course work for your major.
All undergraduate students are welcome to apply including students who do not attend George Mason University. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
Prerequisites: ENGH 101, literature course or instructor permission, familiarity with Harry Potter novels and films.
Students will choose two 3-credit courses from the list below. One course must be English.
Tentative Course Options
- ENGH 319: Harry Potter & Popular Culture (English Major Requirement Option) or
ENGH 309: Examining Harry Potter in Context
Second Course (all students choose 1):
- ARTH 398: Art History in Harry Potter
- AVT 496: Art in Harry Potter
- FAVS 399: Harry Potter Filmmaking
- HIST 398: History in Harry Potter
- INTS 399: Study Abroad
- INTS 399: Harry Potter Culture
- LING 499: Translating Harry Potter into Scots
- SOCI 398: Harry Potter & Youth Culture
- WMST 390: Gender & Sexuality in Harry Potter Culture
*Please note that students must work directly with the Honors College to receive HNRS credits for this program.
- HNRS 122: Harry Potter & Visual Culture
- HNRS 240: Harry Potter’s Historical Influences
- HNRS 300: Researching Harry Potter
June 6 - July 1, 2022