For any of you who are currently in or have been to college, I'm sure you're very familiar with the gagillion different study abroad programs that are out there: history, architecture, technology, law, business, language. Don't get me wrong. Those are all super awesome things to study abroad for (I'm a history maniac myself), but who among us can claim that they've gone abroad to study none other than...Harry Potter?! Yes folks, you heard (read?) that right! California State University San Marcos is now offering a program titled "British Culture and Harry Potter," which not only includes a 3 credit course but also a dream tour of awesome UK locations that inspired the magical franchise. The trip, which will take place this upcoming June 3-24, aims to not only explore the sites but also to analyze similarities and differences between the films and novels and explore the racial, gender related, and social issues that directly influenced Rowling's writing.
*Note: You don't have to be a CSU student to go!
Anywho, class objectives are grand and dandy and all, but where would we be going?!
I'll let California State do the talking on this one!
• Tour of London, including Harry Potter sites such as Westminster Underground, Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard, King's Cross Station, and many more!
• Tour Warner Brothers Studios, where the films were made
• Historic Lacock Village, still paved with cobblestones, where filmmakers shot scenes of Lily and James Potter's home, Professor Slughorn's house, and Professor Snape's classroom
• Beautiful Gloucester Cathedral, film location for Hogwarts School
• Suburban street entitled Picket Post Close, film location for the Dursleys' home
• Oxford University tour, film location for key scenes of Hogwarts School
• Historic Goathland Train Station, film location for Hogsmeade Station
• Spectacular Durham Cathedral, film location for Professor McGonagall's classroom
I think this might be where they had their first broomstick lesson! Any one else second my guess?
• The imposing Alnwick Castle and grounds, including a real broomstick flying lesson!
• Tour of beautiful and historic Edinburgh, Scotland, J.K. Rowling's hometown, including Harry Potter sites on the Royal Mile, at the Elephant Café (where Rowling wrote the first book), Balmoral Hotel (where she finished the final novel), Edinburgh Castle, the Museum of Scotland, and much more!
• Tour of the West Coast of Scotland and Scottish Highlands, including film locations for Hagrid's hut, outdoor scenes of Hogwarts School, and the lake where Harry saw his stag Patronus
• Ride the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mailaig, the scenic trip on the Hogwarts Express, crossing over the beautiful Glenfinnan stone bridge in the film
This seriously looks absolutely amazing! You even get a broomstick lesson? How the heck would that even work!? Who cares! It's your chance to experience the Harry Potter magic!
Unfortunately, that magic comes with a price. If the program is able to recruit 20 or more students, the cost would be a somewhat painful payment of $4,900. If they have less than 20, cost goes up to $5,200. Oh, did I also mention that airfare isn't included?
Nevertheless, if you and your wallet are up for it, this trip of a lifetime might be worth the massive splurge!
What Harry Potter location would you want to visit the most? Comment below!
*Excerpt taken directly from brochure.
Would you be willing to pay $5,000 for the trip?