All About Advanced Muggle Studies

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series ended nine years ago, which makes this the perfect time to start a new website devoted to critical discussion and analysis!

Advanced Muggle Studies is the brainchild of Professor Seraphine, which isn’t surprising given that she’s a Ravenclaw.  Seraphine recruited Professor Creed, and together the two will lead guided discussions of the Potter series, including the books, movies, and the Cursed Child play.

Learn more about your Professors here. 

Syllabus

It is our pleasure to welcome all of you, whether you are just beginning to study for your OWLs or all the way to NEWT level, to Advanced Muggle Studies. Before we introduce ourselves, please review the overview of this class.

Overview

We set up Advanced Muggle Studies to provide an in-depth, fun, interesting, and hopefully creative way of looking at the Harry Potter series. We know there are a number of other sites out there who have done similar work – Alohomora, Mugglenet, Mugglecast – but we hope to set ours apart by being a truly advanced discussion that relies less on overly literal interpretations, and personal hangups with characters, and more on examining these works from a broader historical, literary and fantastical perspective.

Often these posts will be structured as an actual dialogue – that is, you will be able to tell which are Professor Seraphine’s thoughts and which are Professor Creed’s. That way you know who to yell at in the comments.

If you’re new to the magical world, that’s awesome! If you’re a casual reader / fan, we are pleased to have you. If you’re one of those people who has developed theories on why it was important that Dumbledore not explain the Hallows to Harry, then we are extra happy to have you, because that’s the kind of people we are. We will be talking canon, details, symbolism, literary history, real history, mythology and lore, characterization and plot – and while we will be looking at some things literally, there will be quite a bit of theory.

Oh, and we may argue about characters and whose House is better. So, please chime in for that as well.

Required Reading

We began with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This was selected by Professor Creed, much to Professor Seraphine’s misgivings, which we hope made the discussion that much more interesting, as Professor Seraphine preferred to sip on a Forgetfulness Draught when it came to the existence of Cursed Child.

Nevertheless, that’s where we started. We will also be discussing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies as they come out, along with screenplays, books, etc.  (and Professor Seraphine will yell long and loud about casting and integrity in characterization and historical parallels, and Johnny Depp, you better not ruin this for us).

Then it was time to start the original series and go chapter by chapter, arguing all the way! We recently wrapped Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and we are now heading in to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Once we wrap each book, we proudly introduce the Drunk Potterwatch™, in which Professors Seraphine and Creed watch the movie while delightfully hammered and provide lots of inappropriate and impassioned commentary.

Supplies

  • The books (really, if you think you can skate through this without the books to hand, you should consider a career in Divination instead. No reading required.)
  • Your senses, particularly: humor, adventure, good sportsmanship, wonder
  • Your love: of the Potterverse, of learning, of books, of words, of Rowling, of discourse, of literary criticism, and of Hogwarts!
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