A Harry Potter mock trial gave 120 charter school students a taste of the justice system.
The idea was based on a fictitious lawsuit involving Hagrid, the groundskeeper from the popular stories. The case, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry v. Rubeus Hagrid, accuses Hagrid of negligence. It seems that Hagrid’s actions of letting Professor Quirrell, the accomplice of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, know the location of the Sorcerer’s Stone and the secret for calming Fluffy the giant two headed guard dog, resulted in Harry Potter being injured when he saved the stone. So Hogwarts prosecutes Hagrid.
The mock trial based on “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” took place at the Harry T. Moore Justice Center, and was attended by 120 students from Viera Charter School.
The seventh graders in Ashley Hardee’s civics education class were interested in learning more, and had an interest in becoming future lawyers and judges. Thus, the mock trial occurred in the 18th Judicial Court. The trials was presided over by Judges David Silverman and Michelle Baker, with a group of 60 students each.
“I’m very happy to be here. I think it’s a great opportunity,” said a grinning Baker, who’s involved with justice teaching at Merritt Island High. “I love kids, love teaching. I’m very excited and a little nervous, I can’t wait to see what they have to present.”