For those of us who didn’t get a Hogwarts letter, there’s some good news.
There’s a real-life castle in Poland where you can learn the magical arts.
At the College of Wizardry located in Leśna, “long-flowing robes and dragontooth wands meet jeans and leather jackets.” Enrolled students can cast spells, learn about Ancient Runes, and be the star of their own “Harry Potter”-esque experience.
Scroll down to see what it’s like to be a student at the College of Wizardry.
The College of Wizardry is a 'live action role play' (LARP) event. Each person involved plays the character of a witch or wizard for the weekend.
Tickets for a 3-night stay at the Hogwarts-esque castle (called Czocha) starts at 390 Euros, or about $436.
As it says on the website: 'This is an event about witches and wizards, not a Harry Potter event. We think the Harry Potter stories are great, though!'
As you can imagine, they take things very seriously. There's a 560-page student handbook that's written in character.
The main handbook is an 88-page 'design document,' which helps players create and play their characters.
There's also a special 'midterm madness' edition of the design document, and another book about magical animals.
Some students are assigned Prefect duty (similar to college RAs), and points are awarded to students.
They include Alchemy (potions), Beastology (similar to care of magical creatures), Herbology, and Magical Theory.
Students are taught how to cast spells, which work on each other if they agree to imagine them working on each other.
It's up to the the LARPer on the receiving end of a spell to have the right reaction, whether it's falling to ground or dodging the incantation.
Some of the experienced role-players use makeup and elaborate costumes to bring depth to their characters.
At the end of the weekend, there's a celebration similar to the Yule Ball from 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.'
And of course, there's Quidditch. The real life version of the game is similar to dodgeball, soccer, and rugby all in one.
The College of Wizardry has a whole team of creative people working behind the scenes on props, costumes, and set designs to make the setting as magical as possible.
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