With all eyes, ears, and media outlets focused on the arrival of the newest heir to the British throne (also, mad props to Kate Middleton, who had to appear a cheery and glowing pregnant woman in the face of severe morning sickness, constant comparisons to Kim Kardashian, and a baby who just seemed to be fine hanging out in the womb as long as he pleased), I also have my own exciting news to announce…
I’m getting the amazing opportunity through my university to go to London next term for a Harry Potter travel course!
As if this wasn’t reason enough to celebrate and make all of my twelve year old fan-girl fantasies come true, the course ALSO counts as an elective towards my English major AND I’m going to be prefect of Ravenclaw house, responsible for the “Harry Potter and Religion” aspect of the multidisciplinary course.
So, in order to celebrate and to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I am going to be re-reading the entire series within the next few months to really read it with a scholarly and critical eye in order to see all of the religious, historical, business, and theatrical (the four disciplines the course will cover) aspect of Harry Potter and literature, and I may feel inspired to blog some of my findings to share with those other literary-lovers out there who, like me, refuse to accept the series has ended (and we all have the emotional fan-fiction scars to prove it, don’t lie).
Fittingly, I had ordered my lifeplanner in a union jack pattern in the hopes that the trip would indeed become a reality (yes, LIFE planner, literally the most beautiful thing since sliced bread if you are a paper person like me and refuse to keep your calendar in your phone. These beauties are available at erincondren.com).
So feel free to let me know if you’ve noticed any religious and/or theological themes within the books! I’d love to hear your observations and ideas!