Accio Harry Potter! The ENED 3400/6400: Harry Potter and Children’s Literature course will return for Spring 2020.


In this course, we explore the world of Harry Potter along with other texts that inspired author J.K. Rowling and consider the role of power and privilege within both the wizarding and our own worlds. Students must apply to enroll in this course (see below for details).

Here is some important information to know before applying.

  • This class meets on campus two weekends and in England during Vanderbilt’s spring break. Our first on-campus session will be the evening (4:10-9 PM) of January 14. We will also meet January 25 (4:10-9) and February 25 (4:10-9 PM). Our class journeys to England for all of spring break. And our final on-campus session meets the evening (4:10-9PM) of March 25. You must attend all sessions; please do not apply if you would expect to be absent for any of these dates.
  • Because this is in international trip and we will be following international travel guidelines, you must be vaccinated to be a part of this class/trip.
  • In addition to regular tuition fees, this course incurs an additional fee that covers airfare, local transportation, tickets, some meals, etc.  If you receive financial aid, it is possible that you can use that aid to cover the fee.  Contact your financial aid officer to ask if this possible for you.
  • You do not have to have read all of the Harry Potter books to apply to be in this course, but you will have to read the assigned texts before our first on-campus session.


  • Students in any year and those in an M.Ed. program may apply to the course. We do give some preference to upperclassmen who may not be able to apply again next year.

Want to know more. Check out what we did last year in the course.

Ready to apply? You can do so here!

See a video of highlights from last year’s trip!