Attention Harry Potter fans, a group of hardcore Potterheads have created what looks like THE most fun event of the year. If you’re anything like me, and you’ve been waiting for your owl to arrive, don’t worry, the wait is over! Now’s your chance to spend a week at Hogwarts! Well, kind of.
The initial College of Wizardry larp event took place over four days this past November, and was so well received by guests, that a sequel event has already been announced. Over 200 witches and wizards from 11 countries made the trek to the the amazing Polish castle aka the “Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” to spend a week in an imaginative world of fantasy with fellow larpers.
“Everyone knows of the famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where students study magic for seven years. It's a little less well known that when wizards have passed their N.E.W.Ts at the end of the seventh year, some of them go on to study at even higher schools of magic - the magical Colleges. One of these is the Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which lies hidden in the forests of Poland.” - College of Wizardry
Once guests arrived they were sorted into one of five unique houses, not unlike those at Hogwarts, and were enrolled in classes that ranged anywhere from curses, to Auror studies, to the dark arts.
“We want the larp to feel like you're stepping into the world of Harry Potter. Emotional drama, school rivalry, young adults fighting the battles of adults, and occasional comedy are all part of the experience. We can not recreate the special effects of the movies, but we can recreate quite a lot of the visual feel - and not least the drama.” - College of Wizardry
Fans of Harry Potter and last months College of Wizardry larp are excitedly awaiting the upcoming sequel event, scheduled for April 9 to the 12, 2015. Hopefully the College of Wizardry will continue to grow, and make its way to the states. Until then, for those of us who live across the pond, fear not. It’s the perfect time of year to head to the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and grab a butterbeer at Hogsmeade, or spend an afternoon riding the Hogwarts express.