Calling all Harry Potter fans
If you’re a lover of Harry Potter you’ll be more than excited to hear that a university is now offering a course based around the legal system in JK Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter.
Yes you read that correctly, you can now study muggles, magic and the mysterious fantasy world of Hogwarts.
The idea of the course is that it uses the role of law to draw parallels between the real limitations and the problems that are encountered throughout the seven iconic novels.
The full name 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 with requests for the programme to be extended further.
Unfortunately, the course is only available at a top Indian Law University in West Bengal so if you fancy studying the course you will have to take a long trip.
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.”
Mr Guha also said that the course was an experiment in pushing law students to “come out of their comfort zones” and to learn from a fantasy series that most of them grew up reading.
We applaud you Mr Guha! Where do we sign up?