Do you want to join Hogwarts? Yes, the title reads correct. “Harry Potter” real-life Hogwarts does exist.
Katie Forster of the Guardian, re-creates the “Magical World” of Harry Potter At College of Wizardry at Czocha Castle in Poland.
Well, there’s no Harry Potter, there is no Ron or Hermione, Forster writes that “It’s a knock-off version that doesn’t outwardly reference Harry.”
Sharing her experience at the College of Wizardry, she writes, “My friends think I’ve gone to a role-playing sex party. They’ve heard I’m spending the weekend at a Polish castle dressed as a schoolgirl wizard with more than 100 strangers. We’re going to put hexes on each other and sleep in mixed dormitories. I know how it sounds.
“But the College of Wizardry is a Larp, which stands for live-action role play. There are 140 ‘players’ from 29 countries, joining an unofficial re-creation of the magical world of Harry Potter.”
She further says that there are no “muggles” but only “mundanes”. She warns that if we use the spells from the books, or the real house names, “a man in a suit will appear and drag you away”.
The college has been running since 2014. There are hardcore fans who will leave no stoned unturned to join the “magical world”. For Marie, this is the second time at the college. She left her job in America to be here.
“You don’t know what you’ll find out about yourself,” she tells Forster.
“I haven’t played make-believe since primary school, but this weekend I’ll be a first-year witch from Iceland with a mysterious past – I’ve been sent a briefing in advance. I’ll be expected to eat, breathe and sleep as her for two and a half days.”
Below are the details of the “College of Wizardry”.
College of Wizardry is a four-day Wizard School larp event, where you can act out your dreams of being a student witch or wizard at a beautiful fairytale castle in Poland. Surrounded by around 140 like-minded people, at College of Wizardry you will:
- Attend classes as a witch or wizard and learn the magical arts
- Be selected to represent one of the five ancient Houses of Czocha Castle
- Explore the castle and meet the magical creatures that roam the grounds
- Make new friends and form long lasting bonds with like-minded people
- Get into discussions, stir up shenanigans, and play games
- Perhaps even a little (in-character) romance?
- Spend 3 nights at a castle in Poland and have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure
- Either travel to Zamek Czocha yourself or take our cheap bus from Berlin
Czocha Castle, Poland.
English. It does not matter if your English is poor – do not worry about sounding strange, but please speak English at all times. You never know who’s watching.
To participate, you must be at least 18 years old.
College of Wizardry is made by an international team from Liveform (PL) and Rollespilsfabrikken (DK), and with the assistance of a huge group of people!
Here are some essentials you might want to gather, if you want to enrol at the “College of Wizardry”.
You can Sign up to the waiting list for the 7-10 and 21-24 April College of Wizardry events at cowlarp.com.
Tickets are still available for the 24-27 November event and there is a waiting list for 17-20 November. College of Wizardry costs $556.20 (€375), which includes accommodation and food at Czocha Castle from Thursday to Sunday. Forster writes that you can fly from London to Berlin with easyJet from $48.86 (£25.49) and take the ‘Witch Bus’ from Schönefeld and Tegel airports for $74.16 (€50) return.