Thursday, February 07, 2019


As tonight is Harry Potter Book Night, I will celebrate by linking to an old post, in which I (in 2003) examined the pedagogy of Harry Potter. The boy wizard himself practices experiential learning and the Harry Potter books provide ample examples of what not to do in the information literacy classroom (e.g. denying that Authority Is Constructed and Contextual by continually looking for right and wrong answers, or turning your learners into ferrets), and some examples of good practice (e.g. rather a lot of Searching as Strategic Exploration, including most of book 7). Anyway, here is the blog post:

For more Potterism, there is also: Freier, M.P. (2014). The librarian in Rowling's Harry Potter series. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 16(3). "In her article "The Librarian in Rowling's Harry Potter Series" Mary P. Freier discusses Hermione Granger's skills as a librarian and researcher which lead to the defeat of Lord Voldemort. In each novel in the series, Hermione's research provides the necessary information for the solving of the mystery. Throughout the series, Hermione proves to be the only character who can use books effectively without putting herself or others in danger. Hermione begins the series as a child who loves the library, but does not always know how to use it effectively, while Madam Pince begins the series as a stereotypical librarian and disappears entirely by The Deathly Hallows."

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