Harry Potter's World: Genetic Traits in Harry Potter
Includes links to Punnet Square, Genetic Inheritance , Mendelian Genetics, and more. The purpose of this lesson is to give students an introductory understanding of genetic inheritance. Students review and become familiar with basic genetic concepts and terms, such as DNA, chromosome, gene, allele, homozygous, heterozygous, recessive and dominant genes, genotype, phenotype, complex traits, Medelian inheritance, and Punnett Square. Students apply these to identify and examine several examples of simple and complex genetic traits in several characters in Harry Potter. Students also examine inheritance patterns of magical ability in Harry Potter, and use the concepts they have learned to identify possible genotypes of the magical ability demonstrated by several characters in the series.