Have you ever dreamed of attending Hogwarts? Here’s your chance, well, sort of. One university is offering Harry Potter-themed classes and it’s as close as you can get to the History of Magic with Professor Binns.

This fall students at the University of Lynchburg in Virginia have the option to enroll in a course titled “Harry Potter and the Good Life.” According to Mental Floss, the class will have students read the Harry Potter collection alongside the works of philosophers “to create connections between past and present.”

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Amy Merrill Willis, University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars, explained to WSL 10 News that the class is “going to be introducing philosophical concepts from Plato, Socrates and Aristotle and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

This new curriculum is part of the university’s effort to streamline and modernize some of its course offerings. While it might not involve casting spells, it will certainly be an illuminating look at the world of wizardry.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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