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CSU San Marcos offering “Harry Potter” study abroad program

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"Harry Potter" fans at California State University, San Marcos have the opportunity to apply for a special "Harry Potter"-themed study abroad program. The three-week program, which will take place in the UK next June, gives students a chance to explore many of the places that inspired the series. Read More »

Study conducted on the neuroscience of “Harry Potter”

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A recent psychological study describes what's happening in your brain when you're reading "Harry Potter. Do you think the middle cingulate gyrus area of the brain, associated with pain empathy, would be more active or less active while reading the Hogwarts saga? Only one way to find out! Read More »

“Harry Potter Unlocked” lecture at Texas A&M University!

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Good news for Texan "Harry Potter" fans! A lecture, called "Harry Potter Unlocked," is due to take place next week at the West Texas A&M University. The lecture forms part of their ongoing lecture series. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 30: “LIVE from Chestnut Hill College” now available for download

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"MuggleNet Academia" is LIVE at the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We share our day's experience and analyze the topics of discussion from John Granger and the guest panelists that took place during the conference. This "Academia" lesson discussed amazing topics while only touching on the excellence of Day 1 from the Harry Potter Conference. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 29 is now available for download

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"MuggleNet Academia" Lesson 29: "Harry Potter and Social Psychology -- Does Reading the Hogwarts Saga Make Us Less Prejudiced?" is now available for download! Read More »

Fifth annual Harry Potter Festival to return to Chestnut Hill this October 17-18

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The Harry Potter Festival Weekend returns to Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, October 17-18! PLUS, "MuggleNet Academia" will be hosted LIVE from the event! Read More »

Librarian to host “Harry Potter” workshop in Washington, DC

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In 2014, classes about "Harry Potter" are nothing new - we've seen everything from college courses to summer camps to fitness classes—but one librarian from George Washington University has yet another creative take on teaching the boy wizard. Tolonda Henderson will lead an exciting "Potter"-themed learning opportunity—an event series, Mr. Potter Goes to Washington, where she leads students around the capital while reading excerpts from the book that apply to particular landmarks. Read More »

Study “Harry Potter” and International Relations this summer!

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The Policy Studies Organization, which is based in Washington, DC, has announced that they are running a brand new course this summer together with the American Public University. The course, titled International Politics in this World and Beyond: Wizards, Fiction and Political Fact in a Global Age, will look at "Harry Potter", alongside the works of Tolkien and the world of "Star Wars". Read More »

The MuggleNet Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations are only days away – are you ready?

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Have you been studying the "Harry Potter" series for years and want to find out just how much you know? Do you think you are the most knowledgable "Potter" fan in the world? The time to prove yourself is coming soon! Read More »

MuggleNet Academia Lesson 28: ‘The Politics of Harry Potter’ is now available to Download

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MuggleNet Academia is back with a head-first slide in to the realm of Politics within the Harry Potter series. Want to know how Rowling feels about government and how she portrays the characters? Then check out the show.--> Read More »

“Reading, Writing, and Storytelling with Harry Potter” – a three-week online course

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Join University of New Hampshire Professor James Krasner for a three-week online adventure that uses the "Harry Potter" series to help students learn about language, writing, history, art, and culture. Find out all of the details right here. Read More »

Sign up NOW for a Summer online course from the Mythgard Institute – “Taking Harry Seriously”

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MuggleNet Academia has been showcasing examples of why the literature of Harry Potter from author J.K. Rowling should be taken seriously in the academic circles. Now, you, the Harry Potter fan, have a unique opportunity to take an online collegiate level course this summer from Dr. Amy Sturgis of the Mythgard Institute. Sign up for this course now and dive deep into the literature of Harry Potter. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 27: “Billywigs, Bowtruckles, and Basilisks – Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts” is now available for download

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MuggleNet Academia returns with an incredible show that jumps right into the heart of fantastic beasts as found within the Harry Potter books and movies as well as the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More »

University of Oregon study abroad program connects “Harry Potter” and social justice

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A study abroad program at the University of Oregon called "fantasy on the Fringe" has Potter-enthusiast students excited and enthralled! It aims to allow students to study fantasy literature and pop culture while traveling in London and Edinburgh. It includes trips to festivals and marketplaces and even a day trip to J.K. Rowling's childhood home! Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 26: “Augustana, Harry Potter and the Alchemical Retreat” is NOW available for download

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MuggleNet Academia returns with a new show that focuses on a Harry Potter class taught at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and its associated student retreat to a Hogwarts-esque castle. Read More »

“MuggleNet Academia” Lesson 25: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Broomstick” is now available for download

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MuggleNet Academia returns with a brilliant show that celebrates noted and celebrated author C.S. Lewis. November 22, 2013, will mark the 50th anniversary of not only the John F. Kennedy assassination but also the passing of the Chronicles of Narnia series author. Read More »

Warner Bros. calls for University of New Hampshire “Potter” classes to cease and desist

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Just recently, Warner Bros. ordered a cease and desist on University of New Hampshire (UNH) for their Potter-themed summer classes, which used the Harry Potter books to "teach the kids grammar and literature tools" in a more dynamic and fun way. Read More »

Last but certainly NOT least – MuggleNet Podcast Feature Day 3: “MuggleNet Academia”

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The youngest member of the MuggleNet podcast family, MuggleNet Academia has already amassed an incredible following of listeners worldwide with downloads in 174 countries. This is the show's first Podcast Award nomination, and hosts Keith Hawk and John Granger, “The Hogwarts Professor,” could not be more excited and thankful for all of the listeners for their support. Read More »

The MuggleNet podcast family earns FOUR nominations for the 2013 Podcast Awards

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Earlier this evening, it was revealed on a live broadcast by Podcast Awards creator Todd Cochrane that our family of podcasts earned nominations for the 2013 9th annual Podcast Awards. Read More »

MuggleNet Academia is BACK!!! Lesson 24: “Harry Potter and the Brotherly Love Cup” is now available for download

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WE'RE BACK!!! We've had quite a long absence from the air waves, but today we return with an awesome show to preview this weekend's Harry Potter Conference and Festival at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. In this lesson, we talk to the creative minds behind this second annual conference, Professors Karen Wendling and Patrick McCauley. Read More »