Harry Potter Fans Can Now Study Magical Law At University
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Harry Potter fans have a lot to celebrate this week after it’s been revealed that a university in Kolkata, West Bengal is offering up a course based around the legal system in JK Rowling’s magical universe.
The idea is that prospective students will use their imaginations to make connections between the muggle (real-life) limitations of the law and similar problems that are encountered throughout the seven iconic novels.
For example, anyone who’s read the books will know that the plot explores corruption within the Ministry Of Magic, the eventual persecution of Tom Riddle, the imprisonment of an innocent Sirius Black, and the marginalisation of werewolves and house-elves.
The full title of the course is 'An interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special focus on Rowling's Potterverse' and it has already reached its 40 student capacity amid calls for the programme to be expanded further.
The course was designed by Professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, who told the BBC that the fantasy novels provide the perfect material for students to apply their legal knowledge to untested waters.
"In our current system, we simply tell students the black letter of law. Will they be able to apply pre-existing laws to situations that have never come up before?"
He added: “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. Rowling's universe talks a lot about how legal institutions are failing in some scenarios."
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