Monday, November 20, 2006

Muggles, Lawgles, same difference

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  • Ancient institutions: Hogwarts' baroque history and architecture, The Curtis Building's outdated compliance with building codes and asbestos regulation.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.
Ways in which law school is unlike the Harry Potter novels:
  • The actual study and performance of magic.
  • The smouldering lust between Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
  • Regrettably, the utter absence of Alan Rickman.
  • etc.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ahem. you forgot to mention how law school has a beloved weasley family...