Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Literature and the law reading group: Harry Potter and the Rule of Law

26 November 2013 | 1pm-2pm | Seminar
Seminar Room 2, Leeds Humanities Research Institute

The Literature and Law reading group invite you to attend the first reading group meeting - Harry Potter and the Rule of Law.

Please read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and one of the following:

  • B. Barton “Harry Potter And The Half-Crazed Bureaucracy” (2006) 104 (6) Michigan Law Review 1523.
  • W. MacNeil “"Kidlit" As "Law-And-Lit": Harry Potter And The Scales Of Justice” (2002) 14 Law & Literature 545.
  • C. Spanyol “Harry Potter And The Separation Of Powers: A Law And Literature Review Of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.” 3(1) Hertfordshire Law Journal 12-16.

Of these articles, Spanyol focuses upon Order of the Phoenix, Barton upon Half-blood Prince, and MacNeil upon Goblet of Fire. 

We have deliberately chosen these articles as they reflect a continuity in the legal themes explored by the Harry Potter novels.  Nevertheless, we propose to focus our discussion upon Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  In an ideal world we would all be able to read the entire Harry Potter series, or at least this book prior to our discussion, but given the other demands on our time we would suggest that the most important chapters for our discussion will be 7 – 8, 12 – 13, 15 and 17-18.

The outline provides some background about the rule of law and suggests some questions to consider during your reading. 

Location Details

Seminar Room 2, Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI).

The LHRI is based on 29-31 Clarendon Place, no. 25 on campus map.

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