Universities across the country are adding Harry Potter to the curriculum in a variety of disciplines â€” English, philosophy, Latin, history, and science â€” and professors say courses fill up as quickly as Honeydukes on a Hogsmeade weekend.
Philip W. Nel, an associate professor of English at Kansas State University, began teaching “Harry Potter’s Library” in 2002, the Chronicle reports. Edmund M. Kern, an associate professor of history at Lawrence University and author of the reader’s guide The Wisdom of Harry Potter, thinks his course would draw 100 students if he had the space.
Potter fan clubs and quidditch teams (they run with the broomstick) are popular.
A summerlong quidditch tournament is part of a Potter “immersion learning” program at North Georgia College & State University, where students are at work on a comprehensive Harry Potter encyclopedia, which they hope to publish.
Via Minding the Campus.