London Harry Potter Program

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The London Harry Potter Program

Because of the continuing high interest in the Harry Potter books among Seaver students, and because of the Pepperdine London facility and long-standing presence there and elsewhere in the UK, we have decided to offer this wonderful and unique literary opportunity. Pepperdine students also have a high interest level in general in the relationship between literary works and the film adaptations of those works.

As in any of Pepperdine's literature courses, students can relate the literature to their own lives by comparing and contrasting their moral values and attitudes toward faith in God, good and evil, gender issues, and other real-life matters to those expressed in the literature. "Students will demonstrate close reading skills, will analyze texts through oral and written assignments, and will develop a deeper understanding of literature in relation to its historical and cultural contexts."

Program Dates

July 3rd, 2020 - August 1st, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $2,280

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due June 15, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due June 15, 2020

Course Requirements

4 unit minimum requirement.

Course Offerings

ENG 380 Topics in Literature: Repotting Harry Potter (4)

GE: Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent

  • Examines a given topic in literary studies. The course may be focused on a theme, a movement, a historical period, or a genre. May be repeated once when topics vary.

Purpose and Mission

Students will be expected to have already read all seven Harry Potter books. In the Summer 2018 class "Repotting Harry Potter" students will (1) experience a close re-examination of the rich texts of the Potter books, (2) reevaluate these books they first encountered as children's literature in the broader context of adult fantasy literature, (3) attempt to account for the unprecedented success and universal appeal of these books, and (4) gain an appreciation for the successes and failures of transforming a widely read literary text into film.


Dr. James Thomas

Professor of English, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College

Office Location: CAC 314

Office Hours: Monday/Thursday: 7AM-8:30AM, 12PM-1:30PM; Wednesday: 8AM-10AM

James Thomas became interested in Rowling's Harry Potter books as 'serious' literature
when the series was still incomplete. He taught his first class on the books in the fall of
2006. Since then, he has regularly offered classes on Harry Potter both at Seaver and in
Pepperdine's London program in the summers of 2016 and 2018. Over the last decade
and in connection with his ongoing work with the Potter series, he has written two books,
Repotting Harry Potter and Rowling Revisited; participated in numerous podcasts; and
presented papers at academic conferences in the U.S, Canada, England, and Scotland.
James and Kanet Thomas have thoroughly enjoyed their two previous London groups. To
enhance students' appreciation of the Harry Potter films, the Thomases traveled with the
classes to tour Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, England, as well as to visit film
sites at the University of Oxford. The majority of students traveled on their own to
Edinburgh to see the café where Rowling first outlined and planned the books, as well as
the hotel where she finished the final volume. The Thomases look forward to welcoming
another group to London in 2020.




Updated: 4.8.2020