The trailer for the newest Harry Potter flick is out. With each new film/book, I find myself having to justify my admiration for this franchise. You may question a law student's love for H.Po, but I find the connection all too relevant. To wit:
Ways in which law school is exactly like the Harry Potter novels:
- The academic use of robes.
- Lords, be they Denning or Voldemort (both best unnamed).
- Spells: what are laws but a less flashy form of magic anyway? The average citizen doesn't know them, and used correctly, they make for great shortcuts: Harry cries immobilus! I say injunction.
- Ancient institutions: Hogwarts' baroque history and architecture, The Curtis Building's outdated compliance with building codes and asbestos regulation.
- Separation by groups: the law school's Bane group obviously equivalent to the superior Gryffindor.
- Sports with tenuous connections to reality and flagrant disregard for rules: on the one hand Quidditch, on the other, the Law School Circus hockey team.
- The perennial fear that at least one professor will put your life in mortal danger.
- The actual study and performance of magic.
- The smouldering lust between Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
- Regrettably, the utter absence of Alan Rickman.