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Harry Potter's World presents the following instructional resources for the educators in middle- and high-schools, and in higher education institutions. The resources provide suggested instructional guides and materials that an educator may adapt in whole or in parts as he or she deems most appropriate for the students' interest, level, and academic goals.

Middle & High School Lesson Plans

  • Boggart and Fear in Harry Potter and Genetic Traits in Harry Potter are two lesson plans prepared for middle- and high-school teachers. Each lesson plan contains background information and resources related to Harry Potter or academic topics, national standards, learning outcomes, step-by-step procedures, and all classroom materials.
  • The lesson plans are developed in collaboration with Sahar Saddiqui and Annabella Kraut—English and Science teachers, respectively—at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland.

Higher Education Module

  • Things Most Strange and Wondrous”, is a course module designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the various magical and esoteric traditions that shaped past thinkers' conceptions of the study of nature in the Renaissance and early modern periods. Inspired by the National Library of Medicine's exhibition, Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, which explores the history of science and medicine through the lens of the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling, this module is prepared primarily for higher education instructors with a strong background in Renaissance and early modern intellectual and cultural history (spanning roughly 1450-1700 C.E.). Familiarity with the Harry Potter novels is neither assumed nor required, though it would be an advantage.
  • This module is developed in collaboration with Mark A. Waddell, Ph.D., who currently teaches in the Lyman Briggs College of Science at Michigan State University.

Online Activities

Bibliography

  • Elizabeth Bland, curator of the Harry Potter's World exhibition, provides a suggested reading list that can serve as a starting point for those who are interested in going beyond the Harry Potter novels.