You can now study Harry Potter law at uni so we’re going back

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    You’re ready to dress your Christmas tree with Harry Potter baubles. You’ve booked yourself a table at this amazing Harry Potter bar. And you still can’t get over this theory about Severus Snape being secretly alive because it makes so much sense.

    But, Potterhead, do you think you know everything there is to know about Harry Potter?

    Well, it turns out you don’t. As Hermione would probs tell you, there’s always more learning to be done by any witch or wizard worth their magical salt.

    Luckily, one university is now teaching Harry Potter Law as a module so now you really can show off to your mates when you give them the low down on Rappaport’s Law.

    A top law university in Kolkata, West Bengal is introducing a course based on the fictional world of HP and all the laws that govern the wizarding world in order to ‘encourage creative thinking’.

    An Interface Between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special Focus on Rowling’s Potterverse started in December last year and touches on the social and class rights in India and the wizarding world. It’ll look closely at the Ministry of Magic, Tom Riddle, the Wizengamot trials and Sirius Black.

    Professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, the brains behind this absolute beauty of a course, told the BBC: ‘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? 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.’

    Does it guarantee you’ll land a job at the Ministry? Maybe not. But it’ll certainly help you pass your O.W.Ls.

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