Nov 10, 2013
SIOUX CITY | Dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters, students at Briar Cliff University snacked on cauldron cakes, Bertie Botts and butterbeer, the non-alcoholic kind, of course.
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The “Potterluck” was a smashing success.
Earlier in the semester, they ran around a soccer field with broom sticks between their legs, trying to throw sports balls through hula hoops propped up on sticks in a lively game of quidditch.
Beyond the food and fun inspired by J.K. Rowling’s fictional world, these 10 students enrolled in “The Theology of Harry Potter” are digging in to some deep subjects, using a cultural icon to spark theological conversations.
Gil Ridenour, instructor of theology and associate campus minister, embraced the endearing tale as a teaching tool.
“This is a generation that’s grown up with Harry,” he said. “If we dig a little deeper, it makes the story better, and we can analyze it in different ways.”