You know that tear-jerker Harry Potter quote, “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” I can’t think of a time that that’s been more true than right now. Over at Viera Charter School in Florida, 120 seventh-graders took part in a Harry Potter mock trial. The case? Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry v. Rubeus Hagrid.
Now, let’s remember that this was for educational purposes. The students had just finished up a class on civics, but teachers and the kids alike wanted to take it a step further. We don’t think Hogwarts and Hagrid would ever actually get into a legal dispute, since they’re each other’s closest allies, but this seventh-grade class did present some convincing evidence.
Using examples from the book, two sides argued about whether or not Hagrid was guilty of Harry’s injuries in Sorcerer’s Stone since he let slip so much information. To do this, the two sides made their cases in character. There was a Draco Malfoy, a Hermione Granger, a Harry Potter, a Ron Weasley, and, of course, a Hagrid. There were also real judges, Judges Michelle Baker and David Silverman, there to preside over the case. Baker was seriously excited. She told Florida Today:
In the end, Hagrid was found not guilty (phew), and the students were free to break character. We think J.K. Rowling would be proud of how everything turned out, and we’re happy our beloved half-giant Hagrid can once again walk free.
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