The world that author J.K. Rowling created was magical both figuratively and literally. From 1997 - 2011, Potterheads eagerly awaited a book release or movie premiere for the opportunity to embrace the adventures of Harry and friends again. Whether you were a fan of the books, movies, or both, we have all imagined what it would have been like to attend Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But if the Wizarding World at Universal Studios is a little too touristy for your taste and you're still looking for the ultimate fan adventure, a Nordic Live-Action Role Playing (LARP) group could be your answer!
Throughout October, a contributor to Larping.org has been posting articles about her LARPing experience at College of Wizardry (CoW). CoW is a four-day event that takes place in a Polish castle, decorated to simulate a real school for witchcraft and wizardry. Seasoned veterans or newcomers to the world of LARPing can take part in this mock wizarding school adventure. An independent film company named Cosmic Joke filmed a documentary on the LARPing event, see for yourself!
While this might not be Hogwarts specifically, it still holds all the elements that could meet every Harry Potter fan's dream retreat (aside from meeting the cast members). The four-day experience is complete with classes, school houses, a school formal and of course, interacting with other super fans as well. But if you live in North America and a trip to Europe is a bit out of your price range, you're in luck!
A North American version of CoW is being developed called New World Magischola. The organizers at Larping.org are anticipating this event to take place some time in mid-June 2016 with prices being at $375 (the same price as CoW) but they are still hammering out the specifics. If you're already intrigued, go to the site and sign up for the mailing list to get the latest updates or find out to which NWM house you belong. I, for one, will definitely be keeping tabs on this event as details become finalized.
Would you want to take part in a full-scale wizarding school experience? Leave a comment or create your own post about what you would do!