Harry Potter on the Page and 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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Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen


Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
POP 399 / ENGL 290

English Language and Literature , Film and Media Studies , Pop Culture

Course Description:
You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the process of turning novels into films and the place of the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture. In our course, we will discuss the film adaptations of Harry Potter while experiencing the places that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies. We will visit Harry Potter sites in London and Oxford, visit the London Zoo, and tour the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London Studios. Muggles and wizards welcome! Available for credit as a lower division or upper division course.

For Upper Division credit, students must have completed the minimum composition requirements at his / her home institution. Students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins. There are no prerequisites for Lower Division credit.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Students should prepare for 3-5 miles of walking in urban environments each day.

Course Highlights:
Can count for upper division literature credit and film studies 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