Lessons from Hogwarts

Essays on the Pedagogy of Harry Potter

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About the Book

Before she was a renowned children’s author, J.K. Rowling was an educator. Her bestselling series, Harry Potter, places education at the forefront, focusing not only on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s adventures but also on their magical education.
This multi-author collection shines a light on the central role of education within the Harry Potter series. Previous authors have explored the educational possibilities of using the Harry Potter texts in the classroom to enhance student learning. This collection explores the pedagogical possibilities of using Harry Potterto enhance teaching effectiveness. Authors examine topics related to environments for learning, approaches to teaching and learning, and the role of mentorship. Created for scholars, teachers, and fans alike, this collection provides an entry into pedagogical theories and offers critical perspectives on the quality of Hogwarts education—from exemplary to abusive and every approach in between. Hogwarts provides many lessons for educators, both magical and muggle alike.

About the Author(s)

Marcie Panutsos Rovan is an assistant professor of English and director of first-year writing, who specializes in children’s literature. She lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Melissa Wehler, a professor of interdisciplinary studies, has published essays in a variety of edited collections where she discusses topics including the gothic, feminism, performance, and popular culture. She has published on Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, PBS’ Downton Abbey, Netflix’s Jessica Jones, and Disney’s Maleficent. She lives in Enola, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Marcie Panutsos Rovan and Melissa Wehler
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7680-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4027-3
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “This book is a significant contribution to the field of teacher education.”—M. Katherine Grimes, Professor of English, Ferrum College

• “Helpful for those wanting to provide as good or better an experience for their own students as Harry and his friends found at Hogwarts.”—Andrea Bixler, Professor of Biology, Clarke University