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History of Magic - Search for Magic Through World History

Twist your Time-Turner and leap backward in time! We're going hunting through the past to find historical connections to Hogwarts and the Wizarding World.
Annalisa Ard
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$13 per class
Meets 3x per week
Over 3 weeks
50 minutes per class

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Class Experience

By the end of this course, students will be well versed in history from cultures and civilizations from all over the world as they relate to the people, places, items and ideas that we see in Harry Potter. Students will be able to compare real-world history and events with those as found in the fictional novels, and create their own ideas based off of true historical events or objects. Students will also be familiar with modern science as represented by the 'magic' of Harry Potter, and learn about advances in astronomy, chemistry, technology and other sciences that directly relate to magical items in Harry Potter. 
I have read all of the Harry Potter novels multiple times each, and seen the corresponding movies as well so I am well-versed in the ways of the Wizarding World. "Muggle" or real human history has been a passion-project of mine starting from the history classes I took as a child in school and going into my modern day life where I travel to new countries and visit ancient sites to learn first-hand about the historical items and cultures there. I have studied world history at the university level, and have taught American History to university students while I was a professor at the Phayao University.
Students will be given an optional extension activity at the end of each class that would create an opportunity for them to link the material that was learned in each class into their personal lives and ideas. This is an opportunity for student to bring their creative skills, opinions or thoughts out and share them as a discussion with the class as conducted outside of class time on the class page. 
While it is not required to have read all of the Harry Potter books, the items and discussion that will be involved in these classes is highly likely to include spoilers. Students who have only watched to movies are absolutely welcome, as these spoilers are also seen in the film adaptations of the books.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Some of the objects we discuss in class are cursed items as seen in Harry Potter, but do have very real counterparts in history. For these items we do discuss poison and antidotes, mysterious deaths being linked to historical items and other topics of death that lead us to believe in 'curses' both historically and fictionally. There are parallels made to WWII and the events that took place in Europe at that time that touch on the Holocaust briefly. 
We will be referring to all seven Harry Potter novels throughout the course.


Annalisa ArdEnthusiastic Teacher (6 years)
499 total reviews
373 completed classes

About Me

Hello, and welcome! I am a passionate teacher who loves learning as much as as I do teaching. I have been teaching for the last four years both online and in person. I have a BA in English; Creative Writing, an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to... 
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