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10 real-life ways muggles can experience Harry Potter

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 19, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
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Get schooled

You don't have to wait for that Hogwarts acceptance letter to start learning a little magic ... but you might have to wait for the spring term to start taking courses at Hogwarts Online. Sign up for this virtual school and be sorted into your House, get a Gringott's vault and begin your magical education with classes like Basic Defensive Magic, Dragon Keeping and Household Potions.

Looking for a Potter-themed class that will also get you college credit? Grab your quill and parchment because your school might already offer one. Yale teaches a course titled "Christian Theology and Harry Potter" that delves into issus of sin and resurrection. Lawrence University in Wisconsin has the "Thinking About Harry Potter" class that studies the books' ethical values and political implications. And Maryland's Frostburg State University offers "The Science Behind Harry Potter," where students discuss such possibilities as the genetic engineering of three-headed dogs or if antigravity research could produce flying broomsticks.