Harry Potter Camp

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 9:33am

Kids in Virginia are having a little fun with fantasy.

Smoking marshmallows, flaming jars, and exploding balloons. It's all part of the potions class at the Hogwarts Summer Camp at Ferrum College.

Lana Whited, Harry Potter Camp, says "if somebody's under the influence of the polly-juice potion or the emperius curse."

Head mistress and world renowned harry potter expert, Lana Whited, teaches the course with a chemistry professor.

Lana says "they're just kind of getting a sense of what it's like to be in that kind of atmosphere. Potions in the Harry Potter books is kind of cross between chemistry and what they call herbology."

She was the very first person to write a Harry Potter collections of essays and is recognized for her expertise world wide.

Whited says the Harry Potter series is about more than wands and witch hats. She says it has a lot of academic value too.

Lana says "I think it's gotten a lot of children even more interested in reading who've gone on to read other works."

The students in this class have read all the book which total more than 5,000 pages of reading. With the final movie, "The Deathly Hallows II" coming out Friday, I asked her what it means now that the franchise is reaching its end.

Lana says "I think it's sad for us who've had the experience of going to the book store at midnight and waiting for the books to come out."

Whited says Harry Potter's impact won't simply fade away. She calls it the Star Wars of this generation, and says its impact will be felt by muggles of young and old for generations to come.

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