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  Potter mania inspires university course
Updated 18 February 2002, 21.14
A course in witchraft has been started in Australia
Harry Potter mania has inspired a university in Australia to start a course studying witchcraft and sorcery.

The 12-week course will look at all sorts of magical people, including African witchdoctors and South American shaman, as well as the more well-known witches.

So far only two students have been interested enough to sign up to the course, but the University of Adelaide say dozens of people have asked about it.

A course in witchraft has been started in Australia
The man behind the course, Dr Kingsley Garbett, says one of things the course will look at is why certain people are given special powers instead of others.

The course is likely to annoy some people, who think Harry Potter encourages young people to take an unhealthy interest in learning more about witches and magic.

Some schools even banned the books, while one toy shop decided not to sell any Harry Potter toys at all.

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