Harry Potter and Western Culture

GER 199 / CWL 199
Harry Reads

How does the Harry Potter phenomenon reflect and transform central aspects of Western culture? We consider character, structure, and the philosophical and ethical issues raised within and by the Harry Potter series. We read all volumes in the series and consider the relation between the books and the corresponding films. Students learn and use the tools of close reading, become familiar with significant movements in Western thought, and discuss connections between traditional and popular culture.