Polish castle to set the scene for real-life wizarding school

Czocha Castle in Poland ©Mariusz Niedzwiedzki/shutterstock.com

Czocha Castle in Poland
©Mariusz Niedzwiedzki/shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – Fans of the Harry Potter series and the magical arts have launched a crowdsourcing campaign that aims to bring a College of Wizardry to life, and — if all goes well —  turn a castle in Poland into a permanent school of sorcery.

Within three days of being posted on crowdfunding site Indiegogo February 28, the College of Wizardry has achieved 38 percent of its financial goal, raising more than $19,200 of its initial $50,000 target.

Following the successful wizarding events first held last year, $50,000 would fund three four-day retreats for 138 participants who would engage in what’s called ‘live-action role play’ (or LARP) — unscripted, improvisation, akin to children playing pretend.

“Except we have better costumes and more complex stories,” explained project coordinator Claus Raasted in a YouTube video.

The event is set to take place at the medieval Czocha Castle in southwestern Poland, which has been open to the public as a hotel and conference center since the 1990s.

While the first LARP events held at the castle last November were themed after the Harry Potter series with the one-off permission of Warner Bros., organizers emphasize that their College of Wizardry will not take place in the Harry Potter universe.

“There will be no mention of Muggles, no Quidditch and no Hogwarts in our fiction.”

The idea? To create a generic College of Wizardry that can stand on its own legs, organizers say.

Should the campaign succeed in raising $1 million, organizers also claim they’ll buy their own castle in Poland and turn it into a permanent College of Wizardry.

During the sessions, participants will be able to role-play everything from students, teachers, ghosts and visiting reporters.

Students will enroll in classes like herbology and magical theory. Out of class participants can explore the castle, the surrounding magical forest, and grab a beer (note, not butterbeer) at the nearby tavern.

Participants will spend four days at the Czocha Castle inventing their own characters and story lines.

The retreat culminates in a magic ball.

Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling fans looking to throw themselves into the wizarding world of Harry Potter can book a stay at the Georgian House in London, which has created a set of Wizard Chambers for kids. Faux stonewalls, stained glass windows, four-poster beds and a red and yellow Gryffindor color scheme help evoke the dormitories of Hogwarts.

For more info on the College of Wizardry visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/college-of-wizardry-as-real-as-wizard-school-gets.

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