(Flex Class) World War II and the Wizard World
Discuss and analyze how historical moments and figures from World War II influenced the characters and events in the Harry Potter franchise. Includes discussion of Adolf Hitler, World War II, propaganda, the Holocaust, discrimination, etc.
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No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
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▬▬▬▬▬▬ COURSE SUMMARY ▬▬▬▬▬▬ In this course, we'll analyze how the Harry Potter franchise has been influenced by the historical events surrounding World War II. We'll learn about Adolf Hitler and compare his actions to Voldemort and Gellert Grindelwald. We'll also explore the timeline of World War II, the horrors of the Holocaust, and the Nazi regime, and discuss the parallel events that occurred in the popular book and movie franchise. The comparison of fictional events to nonfictional...
▬▬▬▬▬▬ LEARNING OBJECTIVES ▬▬▬▬▬▬ By the end of this class, students should be able to: • Recall the basic timeline of World War II. • Explain how World War II and Hitler's rise to power was caused in part by the end of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles. • Compare Adolf Hitler's rise to power to that of Grindelwald and Voldemort. • Describe Hitler's early life. • Define: Antisemitism, Holocaust, propaganda, slogan, discrimination, free speech. • Explain what discrimination is and what its past, present, and future looks like in both the real world and in the fictional wizard world. • Recount the stages of the Holocaust. • Describe how charisma can contribute to a person's rise to power. • Explain how "wanting to believe in a simple solution" was one of Hitler's and Grindelwald's tools to obtain power. • Explain how "wanting to believe in a simple solution" can be unwise or even dangerous. • Define what is meant by "Aryan race" in Nazi Germany, and what is meant by "pureblood" in the Wizard World. Explain the effects of this belief in superiority. • Understand how propaganda can influence individuals (for better or worse). • Describe how the power of fear can drive people to act in terrible ways. • Explain why some were reluctant to engage in war with the enemy or even acknowledge his existence (both in World War II and the wizard world). • List the different ways that people fought back in "underground movements." • Describe the end of World War II and the aftermath. • List 7 ways you, as an individual, can fight against war, oppression, and discrimination.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
World War II, Hitler, and the Holocaust are heavy topics to cover. I avoid using images or explicit details that depict overt violence, death, torture, or starvation. However, these concepts are mentioned in class and may effect learners regardless of age. I highly encourage parents to sit in with their student during this class OR talk with them about the content after class. This will help your child process the darker themes in this class in a healthy manner.
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