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Durham gets Harry Potter course

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We're heard of some weird and wonderful course titles in our time (anyone remember David Beckham Studies?) but now students at Durham University have the chance to study a module called 'Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion'!

But there will be no magic, no Quiddich and no defence-against-the-dark-arts this course will focus on the works of author JK Rowling as part of the University's Education Studies BA degree.

The module, the first of its kind in the UK, will require students to set the series in its social, cultural and educational context and understand some of the reasons for its popularity", and to consider Harry Potter's relevance to today's education system.

70 students have already signed up.

This is a 'serious and innovative' academic module said Carolyn Fowler, registrar of Durham University.

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