EXPLORING HARRY POTTER: prisoner of azkaban

JUNE 25-28, 2018 ~ Grades 5-7


Registration (Closed for 2018)



Western Illinois University’s (WIU) summer Harry Potter program is specifically  designed to stimulate and challenge students who read and enjoy the Harry Potter  series. Under the guidance of members of WIU’s English and chemistry departments  and local artists, students can expand their enjoyment of the Harry Potter series while  at the same time gaining valuable skills in literature, writing, science and art.


Program is open to fifth, sixth and seventh graders who have read the third  book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”  Registrants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should  have sufficient curiosity, motivation, achievement level and maturity to benefit  from the program. Enrollment is limited to 24 students, so please register early.


Literature: During the literature class, we will delve into “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” We will look at the theme of transformation, discussing patronus, animagus and the world of the marauders. We will also examine how the novel addresses coming of age and the choices we make in our lives that help define who we are. We will look at the value of friendship, what makes a family and the role of forgiveness and memory in the lives of the characters.

Writing: In this session, you’ll weave your words together to create a spell that captivates your readers! We’ll explore the themes in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and unlock your individual power through writing activities that are tied to the magic of the novel and activities you’ve done in other sessions. We’ll utilize the amazing alchemy of imagination, creativity and writing to call into being stories that have never been told before. You’ll leave this session understanding that every time you pick up a pen or pencil, you’re really holding a magic wand.

Science: We will explore the science behind some of the magic of Harry Potter. Each day, hands-on science experiments will be conducted which will attempt to replicate the magic of Harry Potter. Students will be asked to think critically and analyze the scientific principles behind each of the topics discussed. Topics may include invisible inks, levitation, transformation and potions. Sessions will be conducted in a laboratory setting, so students are asked to wear long pants and closed toed shoes.

Art: Join us this summer as we bring the world of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” to life through exciting hands-on art projects that explore the theme of transformation. With clay, you’ll begin the week by employing the Expecto Patronum spell to create your own unique patronus. We’ll then dive into the creation of a marauder’s map that will magically transform how you see the world that surrounds you. Lastly, we’ll follow in the footsteps of the map’s four creators and contributors: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew as we discover our own Animagus form. We have so much to explore…Accio Art!



Registration: Enrollment is limited to 24 students who are admitted on a firstcome,  first-served basis. The full $275 commuter registration fee includes tuition,  supplies, all scheduled extra-curricular activities and lunches. Registration forms,  with payment information, can be completed online at wiu.edu/sao/ outreach/youth_enrichment/youthmain.php, mailed to Study Abroad  & Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University  Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be  made payable to Western Illinois University.

Payment: The full commuter fee is $275. Parents who wish to use a Payment  Plan may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due 30  days before the start of the program.

Refund Policy: WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of  unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn,  participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged  to participants who cancel after Monday, June 5, 2017. No refunds will be  made on or after Monday, June 19 2017.

Location: The program is a commuter program on the WIU-Macomb campus.  Classes are held on campus and meet Monday through Thursday.  Medical/ADA Compliance: Students do not qualify for University health  care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident  coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with  Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how  we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks  prior to the program start date.

Further Information: For further information, call the Office Study Abroad  and Outreach office at (309) 298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment  to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people,  including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination  policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color,  sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability,  genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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