• Tayler Boelk

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN

    Tayler's Bio:
    My name is Tayler and I was an English major/biology minor at the College of St. Scholastica! I have lived in Duluth all of my life so I know all the best local restaurants and hiking trails. On campus, I was involved with The Cable, Bella Voce, the Northstar Reports, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the English & Arts Club. Off campus, I volunteered with Mentor Duluth and enjoy throwing theme parties with friends and family.

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

Harry Potter Universe

Our faculty Abroad sure know their students! Everyone in the London Study Abroad group was thrilled to be visiting Harry Potter Universe this week. This is the location of many surviving Harry Potter sets and thousands of props from the movies. I have stood where Daniel Radcliffe stood, walked where Emma Watson walked, and eaten where Rupert Grint has eaten.

 It was absolutely amazing to see all of the behind the scenes work that went into making scenes like the Battle of Hogwarts and Gringots Bank. A lot of the more magical scenes I assumed were digitally produced such as the Monster book of Monsters. However, they actually produced mechanical versions that could move around. There was also a mechanical Buckbeak, Voldemort, Hagrid, Faux, and Hedwig, all which appeared in at least one of the films. I was most shocked to discover the door to the Chamber of Secrets was a working mechanics door. 

Probably my favorite part of the tour was learning about the animal actors for Hedwig, Crookshanks, and Fang. Each character had several actor animals behind them that were used for different types of scenes. For example, one “Crookshanks” who was particularly naughty was used in scenes where he chased Scabbers. Another “Crookshanks” was used in scenes where he was held by Hermione as this cat “preferred to be held rather than do any work.” Each animal had a small informative placard telling where they were adopted from, which films they appeared in, as well as what their personalities were like. Many of them earned funny nicknames from the cast such as “Bully” or “Trouble.” Here is a few more pictures to enjoy!

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