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Course Syllabus:  Symbolism in Muggle and Magic Life and Literature Purpose:  To acquaint students with the major symbol motifs used in both Muggle and Magic literature and cultures and to make them aware of the powers these motifs have to influence Muggle and Magic lives.

  • “Naming”—the names of characters in literature and those of live beings carry magical and emotional powers.
      • Magical names—ours and HP characters
      • Importance in Spelling/Charming, etc.

  • “Wands”—the symbolism of wands’ characteristics is significant to the powers of an individual.
      • Trees/wood types
      • Numbers/lengths
      • Core materials/creatures

  • “Elements”—the powers and properties of the four major elements of our world.
      • Water
      • Earth         
      • Air
      • Fire

  • Colors—the powers and properties of colors.
      • White
      • Black
      • Red
      • Blue
      • Green    
      • Yellow
      • Purple 
      • Brown
      • Gold 
      • Silver

  • Directions—The powers and properties of the four cardinal compass directions.

At the end of each unit, at least one “creative” assignment will be given for grades and “points.”  Other topics may also be discussed at a student’s request; for example, plant life, Muggle animals, etc.   Discussions will take place in Prof. Dragonfly’s mIRC channel:  #opalcourses.   Students should join the web site ahead of class discussions so that they will be able to get into the chat site—they may also access the channel through the Home page of HOL.   In most cases, student homework submissions are posted on this web site’s course board so that all other students may learn from the submissions.




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