Every lover of the amazing world inhabited by the characters of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has at one point or another wished that they could get a letter in the mail inviting them to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Theme parks have tried to recreate the feel of the books and subsequent films, and individuals around the world have tried to do the same thing independently for themselves, but so far nothing has really come all that close to bringing Hogwarts to life – until now that is. A group of enthusiasts have come together at Zcocha Castle in Poland to create the ultimate wizard role-playing experience at The College of Wizardry.
The school is open to those 18 years of age and older and is conducted in English so as to allow for more international attendance. No matter where the students hail from originally, though, tickets for the event – now in its second year – completely sold out in just a couple of days for this year’s round. Students come with their favorite wizard related items, but they’re also provided with attire in the form of robes and a house tie, plus their books. As the “school” is housed in a historic castle and not a replica of Hogwarts, the concept is that it’s another wizarding school like Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, and thus sport their own unique houses. No matter the house that students join, everyone gets a chance to explore magic courses, socialize, and take part in various magic related activities, all over the course of four days.
The entrance to the castle is flanked by two impressive carved stone columns, both capped with wrought iron lamps.
Once on the bridge, you get a better feel for the secluded nature of the castle – plus the views aren’t bad either.
The gate at this lower causeway gives a great view of the main bridge above while also giving the idea of a more secret way into the castle.
The castle’s lower causeway leads to this inner sanctuary which sports a stone staircase to the upper reaches as well as a wooden rampart.
Of course, the bridges make for great vantage points for those looking for a good flight.
Students study potions in much the same environment as the students at Hogwarts – minus the tendency for things to explode.
As a student, studying is always an important task, as you always want to make sure you’re up to speed on your spells, magical creatures, and the likes.
Aspiring herbologists should enjoy working with all sorts of plants and learning their secrets from their professors.
This is a school after all, so students spend a good portion in classes – which at a wizarding school isn’t exactly a drawback.
The castle’s hall is large and beautifully decorated with plasterwork, as well as an oak balcony above.
The grounds feature several statues and other ornamental structures, as well as well-maintained flowers and mature trees.
Another view of the main hall gives a glimpse at the beautiful woodwork on the ceiling.
The castle’s windows sport colorful stained glass in several areas, such as this depiction of George and the Dragon – do you think it was a Hungarian Horntail?
The bathrooms continue the feel of old world elegance, without the stark modernity found in much of the muggle world.
The shape of this well is rather similar to the shape of the sinks in the girl’s lavatory at Hogwarts that opens to the Chamber of Secrets…let’s hope there’s not a Basilisk here though.
The alleys and narrow paths around the castle draw many similarities to the world of wizardry, such as this one that invokes images of Knockturn Alley.
Fully decorated for the event and boasting the school’s houses, the great hall is filled with cheerful students during mealtimes.
Perhaps you can work off some of that meal with a robust game of quidditch – minus the rogue bludgers of course.
After fun and games comes more studying, which is great for learning but also for socializing with other attending students.
Students often come decked out in many things, such as beautiful quill sets to use while learning about everything the magical world has to offer.
No matter what students come to the school to experience, everyone seems to have a blast becoming part of the wizarding world.
Perhaps the most popular and interesting of courses are the Defense against the Dark Arts courses.
The castle showcases some great authentic details that really add to the atmosphere of being in a historic castle – such as evidenced by the various ironworks throughout the complex.
The main courtyard, ringed by a high wall and wooden ramparts, makes for a great congregation place for students.
Besides the courtyard, the gardens make for a beautiful, as well as peaceful, place to relax after a hard day of magic.