Harry Potter has graduated to a more grown-up topic, thanks to two Boston University graduate interns.
Sexual health and education was the focus of Boston University’s Frisky February. As part of the event, Michelle Goode and Jamie Klufts crafted a unique sex-ed course by weaving a Harry Potter theme throughout. Klufts and Goode both work at the university’s Wellness and Prevention Services program, and wanted a non-threatening way to open sexual dialogue with students.
“A lot of students entering college don’t actually get a foundation in sexual health, so we are going back to the basics, and finding ways to loop in references and scenarios from Harry Potter.”
According to The Boston Globe, the class covered sensitive topics such as responsible drinking, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases. Approximately 85 students took part in the fun-filled class called, “Sex-Ed at Hogwarts.” They enjoyed Harry Potter-themed snacks, like Butterbeer cake pops and chocolate covered wands, as seen on the Boston University Student Health Service’s Facebook page.
The event invite enticed students’ curiosity and offered a glimpse at what the night would bring.
“Ever wonder what it would be like if Hogwarts taught Sexual Education? With all of those adolescent wizards and witches running around we think it would be useful. At this event half-bloods, house-elves, and muggles alike will learn the proper way to get consent to enter one’s chamber of secrets and how to snog without getting hogwarts. We’ll be casting some sensual spells in CAS room 313.”
Klufts explains the idea for the class was inspired when she and Goode realized J.K. Rowling missed an opportunity to address questions regarding sexuality. “How can you have a school full of wizards and not talk about sex and sexuality?”
School of Public Health professor, Sophie Godley praises Student Health Service’s approach, according to Daily Free Press.
“Many students who are at BU right now and in [students’] generation unfortunately received lousy sex education. A lot of that was built off shame and fear and guilt. If we can now provide students in the same age group with something playful, interesting, funny and creative, that’s great.”
One can’t help but wonder what J.K. Rowling thinks of this fresh take on her iconic work. Has it left the Harry Potter author fuming, blushing or flattered that it’s being used to educate the college crowd in a way she probably never imagined? Given the attention it has garnered, perhaps this new twist on sex education will catch on beyond the Boston University campus.
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