Harry Potter

American Hogwarts, Meet Jewish Berkshires

J.K. Rowling announced that the North American school for magic is located in the Berkshires — how many Jewish students are enrolled?

07/01/2016 - 09:21
Editorial Intern

Hogwarts, the famous school for budding wizards from the Harry Potter series, is located in a secluded part of Scotland. This week, author J.K. Rowling revealed that the North American version, the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is situated on a mountain in Western Massachusetts — an area known for its vibrant Jewish community. 

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Jews, Wizards And Memes

For Jewish wizards attending Hogwarts, these will be right up your Diagon alley.

12/16/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

After J.K. Rowling's announcement yesterday on Twitter that Hogwarts' Jewish student population is alive and well, we've created a couple of memes that only a true Jewish wizard would understand. Anthony Goldstein--these are for you. 

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Yeshivat Hogwarts? J.K. Rowling Confirms Jewish Wizards

The famous school of witchcraft and wizardry seems to be a bastion for diversity.

12/16/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Happy Hanukkah from Hogwarts!

It's true: there are Jewish students at Hogwarts. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Innovative Projects For Creative Minds

Enchanting Education: What Harry Potter Still Teaches Us

Special To The Jewish Week
08/22/2011 - 20:00

As the lines to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” thin out, and the final movie of the remarkably successful series makes its inevitable way to pay TV channels and DVD shelves, millions of Americans who grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione are experiencing Wizarding Withdrawal. The prime symptom of this malady is acute anxiety at the thought that there will be no more Potter books forthcoming and no more movies in the offing. Even J.K. Rowling’s mysterious Pottermore website has not sufficed to soothe the afflicted.

Harry Potter and the Jewish Pedagogy: The values of the vaunted Hogwarts students can be a vehicle for carrying Jewish values.

Sticks and Stones: Reflections On The KJ Fire

07/12/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Among my most vivid childhood memories is sitting on the floor of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun's majestic sanctuary on the eve of Tisha B'Av, listening to Rabbi Haskel Lookstein preface the reading of the scroll of Eicha with the words, "Tonight is nineteen hundred and …years since the destruction of our holy Temple…" Hundreds of people, gripped by the mix of history and immediacy, would shed tears over a building that went up in flames, each wisp of smoke carrying a memory.

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