Professor Lupin’s Defense Against the Dark Arts



In the Harry Potter Wizard world, Dark Magic was used to cause harm. In this class, we will explore the way Muggles encounter our own Dementors that can harm us, including our own thoughts and words, and how to fight these Dementors using a Growth Mindset and positive self-talk!


Meets for 45 minutes once per week for 6 weeks. 

What is a Dementor? “Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them… Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you.”–

What is a Patronus? “As Professor Lupin tells Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban, the Patronus is ‘a kind of Anti-Dementor – a guardian which acts as a shield between you and the Dementor.’ It’s also ‘a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon – hope, happiness, the desire to survive – but it cannot feel despair, as real humans can, so the Dementors can’t hurt it.’”–

The Dark Arts, also known as Dark Magic, refers to any type of magic in the Harry Potter world (HP) that is mainly used to cause harm to or control someone. Despite being labeled “dark”, the Dark Arts are not necessarily “evil”. Sometimes, our Dark Magic is something we just need to learn a skillset to overcome. Positive self-talk can have a big impact on how we think and feel. Over time, engaging in more positive self-talk can help reduce stress, improve self-esteem, increase motivation, inspire productivity, and improve overall mental and physical health. Teachers, counselors, and parents can have a huge role in helping kids and young adults develop a greater voice for positive self-talk.

In the Muggle world, our Dementors can be our negative thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, and more. Our Patronus can be anything inside of us that gives us strength and helps to ward off our Dementors. Using HP to meet learners where they want to learn, I will work to teach them what they need to learn about being positive and using positive self-talk. A combination of slideshows, videos, printables, and oral presentation will help learners gain the skills I’ve referenced.

Anticipated Course Outline

Class 1: Discussion of The Dark Arts, and Tom Riddle before he became Lord Voldemort, and the differences after this change. Discuss ways we can hurt ourselves with our thoughts. compare/contrast with things that can harm ourselves and others, like our own thoughts, words, and actions.
Class 2: Introduction to Growth Mindset; Identifying Harry Potter Dementors
Class 3: Discussion of positive self-talk; when our Dementors are preying, how can we fight them using positive self-talk?
Class 4: Discuss other ways we can turn ourselves around when we’re overwhelmed by Dark Magic and our Dementors are looming.
Class 5: Write our own incantations, like “Expecto Patronum” that are positive affirmations to destroy our Dementors so we are in control of ourselves and our feelings, actions, and words.
Class 6: Practice our Affirmation Incantations; comprehensive review and preparation for O.W.L. exam to be taken during class, time permitting.


Wed Jan 9, 2019, 9:30am – 10:15am Eastern
Wed Jan 16, 2019, 9:30am – 10:15am Eastern
Wed Jan 23, 2019, 9:30am – 10:15am Eastern
Wed Jan 30, 2019, 9:30am – 10:15am Eastern
Wed Feb 6, 2019, 9:30am – 10:15am Eastern
Wed Feb 13, 2019, 9:30am – 10:15am Eastern