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College offers Harry Potter course

Nov 21, 2010 1:54pm
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(NECN/CNN) - Movie theaters across the country will be full of Muggles rushing out to see the new "Harry Potter" movie.

But at Oregon State University, students are studying the film and books for college credit.

The imaginary Potter world might have some real life applications.

OSU dean of students and fellow Potter fan Mamta Accapadi created a Potter-based class called "Finding your Patronus."

Co-instructor Chris Van Drimmelen says there's a lot to learn from the books. 

"Hogwarts students go through all of the same developmental phases."

On this day the students divided into the four hogwarts houses, listing the strengths and weaknesses of each other. Student Ashley Wolff tells me the activity absolutely applies to life on campus.

"Meeting people from other areas, like in hogwarts, gryffindors meet slytherins and ravenclaws and here you've got a business major who is meeting forestry majors and engineers and pre-meds. You get to meet a whole bunch of different people who have really different interests, but you find out you have a lot in common anyway."

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