While it might be strange and at the same time exciting for Hattie Duplechain to be heading off to Nepal at the end of the summer, to those who know her it’s completely natural.
The Colony exposes the conventional assumption that any kind of disability is an unwanted flaw that should be removed or at least hidden. But this is oftentimes false. Having been born with birth defects, Professor Jillian Weise recalls the shock she felt when others would automatically apply these preconceived notions to her.
But the class certainly isn’t all witchcraft and wizardry. As professor Michele Martin put it, the course is “the academic study of children’s literature by way of Harry Potter.”