If you love Harry Potter like I do, then it's good to know that you can round out your education at Yale by taking Potter-based classes. No, you can't major in it yet (damn!) but you can certainly take classes, mostly about theology and the Potterverse. Yale Divinity School is not the only place. Georgetown University, Liberty University, Pepperdine University, Stanford University, Lawrence University, Swarthmore and Kansas State University. (Kansas? Right along with the Creation Science course?)
This new crop of professors and students are quick to say that it's not about great literature but rather about analyzing the books in terms of other relevant texts like those of C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkein as well as rounding out their understanding of theology in less abstract constructs, such as complicated tomes like the Bible.
I've been working on my fellow parishioners for quite a while now whenever they asked about Harry Potter, worrying over it as another Da Vinci Code or Golden Compass, and although the latter two are problematic, I was able to disabuse most parents of their fears of the witchcrafty elements of the Potter books, citing the main themes of good verses evil, friendship and loyalty prized above all, love is the greatest gift, sacrifice for others, resurrection, and damnation through no remorse for one's actions.
I know this is part of the appeal of all things Potter, the many levels that one is given in the books. It's endlessly fascinating because new things do come to light as you discuss it (oh yes, I am a Potter Geek). So if a class were available locally, I'd be very tempted to take it and see what was on offer. In the meantime, I just get to rehash it with my friends and pick out all the Tolkein and Arthurian references. You can read the actual article here.