Next year – if you so wish – you’ll be able to be taught sorcery in a real-life school of witchcraft and wizardry.
Thanks to Harry Potter fan club Mimbulus Mimbletonia Association, Château de Jolibert in Bourgougnague, France will be transformed into Hogwarts for four days this coming May.
The fansite’s advertisement reads: “Mimbulus Mimbletonia is organizing an event based on the first book in the saga, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
“Come and take part in the sorting ceremony, enroll for courses in botany, spells, potions, and of course Muggle Quidditch. Do not forget to collect points for your house, so that it can win the cup!”
A slight catch: all lessons will be in French.
The event – which will accept just 100 lucky individuals – is scheduled to take place from 25-28 May; it is only eligible to people over the age of 16.
To mark your experience, organizers are also opening a Diagon Alley-style shop that’ll ensure you’re equipped with all you need to cast spells and mix potions.
Harry Potter prequel spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander, will be released in the UK on 18 November. The screenplay has been written by author J.K. Rowling who recently announced the franchise will span five films.
If you’ve ever read J.K. Rowling’s stories of wizardry and wished you too could wave a wand, say a few nonsense words and make things levitate or disappear, your dreams could be about to come true. Next year, a Hogwarts-inspired wizarding school will open its doors for four days for 100 students.
The Mimbulus Mimbletonia Association will host the experience at the Château de Jolibert in Bourgougnague, France, next May 25-28, and promises to be absolutely magical. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Will you be put into houses?
Yes, there will be a sorting ceremony on the first day of the event. The experience is based on Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, so expect much of it to resemble the goings-on in that novel.
What will you learn?
There’ll be classes in charms, potions and botany so by the time you leave you’ll be an expert in magical fungi, casting spells and brewing weird concoctions. You’ll also be taught how to play Quidditch, although quite how they’re going to make the broomsticks fly remains to be seen.
How do you attend the course?
There is only one requirement – that all participants are over 16 years old. Unfortunately, there are only 100 places available so you’re going to have get in there quick. Keep an eye on the website for info on when tickets will go on sale. Oh, and all the classes will be given in French, so if that’s going to be a problem either get yourself on a course ASAP or save yourself four days of headaches.
What will you get from the experience?
As well as top wizarding knowledge, new mates and the pure joy of knowing you’re one step closer to having lived the Hogwarts life, you’ll also be provided with meals and accommodation for three nights. You won’t get your own wand, robe or spell books, but you will be able to buy yourself these and more magical items on the first day.