Have you spent years waiting for an owl to deliver your Hogwarts letter? Don't lie, every Harry Potter fan (and even some haters) has endured those wistful days staring out the window, wondering why age eleven has come and gone without a peep from the Wizarding World.
For those of us whose magical abilities were never formally recognized, some incredibly ambitious Harry Potter fans have stepped in with the most immersive week of live-action roleplay I have ever seen. An international team from Liveform and Rollespilsfabrikken has organized a massive LARP called The Czocha College of Wizardry, complete with an imposing castle, specialized classes, and a huge group of students dedicated to witchcraft and wizardry.
Best of all, if you're willing to make a trip to Poland, you can sign up for the upcoming session in April 2015! Guests will receive a wizard robe, a study book, and a tie in your House color. Czocha is a lesser-known, higher institute of learning that graduates from Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang can attend. Students there will pursue one of five possible paths—Aurors, Curse Breakers, Healers, Magizoologists, and, mysteriously, the Unspeakables—which determine the specific classes they will take. You can't get much more unique than that!
Here are just a few of the things you can do at the magical college:
Get lost in the mist and try to forget about the threat of Dementors
Probably best to explore the grounds in groups.
Join one of five Czocha's five houses: Durentius, Faust, Libussa, Molin, or Sendivogius
Can you still be "Hufflepuff for Life" if you join a new house?
Tuck into a feast in the Great Hall with other members of your House
Dibs on the dragon milk cheese and pumpkin pasties.
Discuss the history of magic with the ghosts who have died to tell the tale
These guys have definitely seen things.
Channel your inner Hermione and excel at advanced magical subjects
Probably a good course to take if survival is high on your priority list.
Play a friendly game of Quidditch or just fly around on the pitch
First step: hang from your broomstick until you can do a pull-up.
Explore the surrounding forests and discover fantastic beasts
Much like dogs and toddlers, this one has an affinity for piles of fallen leaves.
Start a movement for the rights of oppressed magical creatures
Someone hand this gal a sock!
Attend formal dances in the finest dress robes
But don't bother with Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, you're beautiful the way you are!
Form relationships that will lead to snogging, brawling, and, best of all, selfless acts of loyalty
What more could a Harry Potter fan ask for?
How much more convincing could you possibly need? So, will you be making the trip out to the The Czocha College of Wizardry?