The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) will offer a new course on Harry Potter to teach students the legal aspects of the wizarding world.
Designed by assistant professor (law) of the institute, Shouvik Kumar Guha, the course titled “An interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special focus on Rowling’s Potterverse” will encourage students to formulate laws and its principles in a fictitious world and relate them to the real world.
“In law schools, we teach our students very specific set of subjects. The curriculum revolves around laws and legal principles which gets boring after a certain period of time. The aim of this course is to help them to apply the legal principles whether it is commercial law, constitutional law or criminal law in the Potterverse.”
“In the Harry Potter books we learn about the laws of the wizarding world and how its Ministry of Magic functions. Through this course we will ask our students to analyse and formulate laws and legal principles in such a magical world. Instead of providing them with a given set of circumstances, we will give them the world of Harry Potter to become policy-makers and change the magical world with their laws,” Guha told The Indian Express.
The course will be offered as an elective to 4th and 5th year students of the B.A LL.B (Hons) programme at NUJS from the next winter semester beginning December.
“The curriculum of this course is still evolving. It will be a 45-hour course which will be offered to about 40 students. This will act as a breather for students from the serious curriculum of our law schools,” Guha added.
According to the course outline, the students will be taught about Legal Traditions and Institutions in Potterverse (including role of law and rule of law in a magical society, moral choice and liberty in Potterverse and the role of bureaucracy in the Ministry of Magic), Crimes and Punishments in Potterverse (including Unforgivable Curses, Wizengamot Trials, Innocence of Sirius Black and Persecution of Tom Riddle), Morality, Social Values, Identity and Class Rights in Potterverse (including (human?) dignity and enslavement of House Elves, marginalization of Werewolves, Giants, Centaurs and Merpeople, Mudbloods and Squibs, militant literacy and misuse of texts), The Potterverse Economy (including Gringotts, magic of money and economic growth and entrepreneurship), Politics in Potterverse (including bases of authority, terror and counterterror, resistance, intelligence and secret societies), Family in Potterverse (including blood relationship, familial ties, testamentary law) and Miscellaneous (including Quidditch and sports law, religion and destiny).
“This will also provide the students a platform to compare the legal situations of their own government with that of the magical world. It will be a unique experience to hone their creative skills,” Guha said.