Harry Potter on the Page & on the Screen

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Dr. John Alberti teaches and writes about movies, popular culture, writing, and literature at Northern Kentucky University, where he is chair of the English department. He has taught classes in London as part of CCSA since 1994 and loves introducing new groups of students to British culture and history. HIs books include a forthcoming essay collection called "Transforming Harry: The Adaptation of Harry Potter in the Transmedia Age," based on his NKU and CCSA courses on Harry Potter. In addition to Harry Potter, he also has published books on the Simpsons, the history of American cinema, and gender in the romantic comedy. A native Californian, he received his BA in English from the University of Southern California and his PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. He enjoys reading, watching movies, binge watching peak TV, travel, and playing music.

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Faculty:
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Course:
Harry Potter on the Page & on the Screen

Program Dates:
December 14, 2020 —March 21, 2021

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
ENGLISH 290 / 399

Discipline(s):
English , Film & Media Studies , Pop Culture

Course Description:
You've read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture on site in London. In our course, we will analyze and write about the film adaptations of Harry Potter and how they illustrate the issues involved when literature is converted into movies. We’ll also explore sites in Oxford and London that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies, such as the London Zoo and Hampton Court Palace, in addition to touring the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London studios. Muggles and wizards welcome!

Prerequisites:
students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins

Physical Activity Requirements:
Contact Faculty

Course Highlights:
    Can count for upper division literature credit and film studies credit
    Many schools will accept the course for general education credit
    Visit important Harry Potter narrative and filming sites in and around London
    Perfect for English majors
    Visit The Making of Harry Potter studio tour