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The World of Harry Potter

Program dates: June 16-20, 2019

Program cost: $680

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 16, and depart Thursday, June 20.

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Course description

Now that the seven-book series in complete and eight movies have been screened, Harry Potter fans have a chance to step back and delve more deeply into the saga which experts have called “the shared text” of this generation. Participants in this unique Harry Potter immersion will learn to use interpretive keys such as alchemy to read the books at a deeper level and will experience how it helps our reading to learn about literary archetypes, such as the shapeshifter and the shadow.

The class will concentrate on Deathly Hallows, comparing and contrasting how the book and the movies complement one another in exploring the deeper meanings of scenes and characters. Along the way, students will have a chance to discover their Patronus, use a Marauder’s Map on a Hogwarts scavenger hunt, and walk a labyrinth. They may even have a chance to play a bracing game of Quidditch.

And J.K. Rowling is still at work! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the prequel to the Harry Potter saga, has been in the cinemas, revealing important back-story about Dumbledore and others, through the work of Newt Scamander, magizoologist extraordinaire. We will watch several extended clips from the first two Fantastic Beasts movies, asking ourselves what importance they hold in the overall Harry Potter story.

Tentative schedule

Sunday, June 16

  • Check-in
  • Welcome reception

Monday, June 17

  • Alchemy, an interpretive key
  • Becoming a Film Critic, Part 1: Three Deathly Hallows scenes in the book and movie
  • Was sorting a helpful or unhelpful way to begin at Hogwarts?
  • Using the Marauder’s Map: A Harry Potter scavenger hunt

Tuesday, June 18

  • Narrative misdirection, a second interpretive key
  • Becoming a Film Critic, Part 2: Three more scenes in Deathly Hallows,  book and movie
  • Discovering your Patronus
  • A rousing Quidditch match, led by Augustana’s Student Quidditch Team

Wednesday, June 19

  •  Archetypal symbolism, a third interpretive key
  • The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore
  • Three key scenes in Fantastic Beasts
  • What’s next for the five Fantastic Beasts series: Using what we know to predict the future

Thursday, June 20

  • The Ring Structure, a fourth interpretive key
  • Walking the Labyrinth
  • Did Snape really love Lily?
  • A unique Blessing/Sending ceremony

Instructor: Pastor Richard Priggie

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Pastor Richard Priggie

Pastor Richard Priggie has been the college chaplain for 14 years. An ELCA Lutheran pastor, he teaches an elective class in the first-year curriculum called The Soul of Harry Potter, which fills up within 24 hours of being open for registration every year.