Written by Joanna Hughes

Think interacting with the thrilling world of Harry Potter is reserved for books and movies? Think again. An Indian law school is giving students the chance to explore the legal aspects of the wizarding world along with the lessons that carry over to the world they live in. Here’s a closer look at the course, as reported by Firstpost.

A Boredom-Busting Class

Titled 'An Interface Between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special Focus on Rowling’s Potterverse,' the new course is an elective for fourth and fifth year students in Kolkata's National University of Juridical Sciences’ (NUJS) BA LLB (Hons) program.

Assistant professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, the course designer, said, “In law schools, people get a very specific set of subjects. The curriculum revolves around the hard letter of the law, case laws etc. Given the fact that this course lasts about five years, students also get bored. [...] This course is meant to be more of an experiment. It will take both me and the students out of our comfort zones.”

Universal Insights

The series provides a unique platform for students to compare the legal scenarios with real-life governments. The course intends to cover economy, politics, legal traditions and institutions, crimes and punishments, and contracts in the Potterverse.

The hope is that in learning about applying legal principles in the wizarding world context -- one which “vividly exposes the limitations of laws and institutions,” according to a statement by NUJS -- students will also develop takeaways for the muggle world pertaining to everything from the influence of wealth on government policy to freedom of the press. The course is also aimed at helping law students learn how to adapt to events as they occur.

But why not just use actual scenarios from the real world? Guha said, “I could have designed the course based on our real political situation but it is not necessary that all my students will share my political leanings."

Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.
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