Lets face it, we all grew up dreaming of getting a letter in the mail (or by owl) from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry informing us that we are enrolled and that class starts on September the 1st. Theme parks have been trying to recreate the feel of the books and films but so far nothing has really come close to bringing Hogwarts school to life – that is until now. A group of Harry Potter enthusiasts have come together at Czocha Castle in Poland to create The College of Wizardry the ultimate wizard role-playing experience in the world.
The school is taught in English so tourists from around the world can join in although you do have to be over 18 to participate. If you’re thinking of going you have to act quickly last year all the tickets sold out in a matter of days. If you do decide to go you’re allowed to bring your favorite magical items but you’ll also be provided with robes, books and everything you’ll need while you’re here. The “school” is housed in a historic castle and operates like another wizarding school (like Beauxbatons and Durmstrang). The Collage Of Wizardry has its own unique houses and customs. While you’re here everyone gets a chance to learn in magic courses, socialize with other witches and wizards, and take part in a number of magic related activities that take place over 4 fun filled days.
Photos Of The Real Life Hogwarts
From the entrance you cross a bridge flanked by two carved stone columns, both topped with wrought iron lamps.
The bridge offers great views of the castle and surrounding area showing just how beautiful the area is.
Inside The College of Wizardry
The front gate shows the different levels of the castle and also hints at a more secretive way to enter the castle.
The castle also has an inner sanctuary with stone walls, a wooden rampart and authentic stone staircases throughout.
The upper ramparts make for a great vantage point for those looking to take part in a dual.
This is a real life Hogwarts after all, so students are expected to spend a good portion of time in classes – which at a wizarding school is a lot more fun that regular school.
Study potions in a dungeon underneath the castle just like at Hogwarts.
Learn about spells, magical creatures, defense against the dark arts and much more while you’re here.
Wander the grounds and learn about the magical properties of wild plants that surround the castle.
Where is Hogwarts Located?
The answer of course is within the hearts and minds of devoted Harry Potter fans around the world. In the books, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located somewhere in the Scottish Highlands. Few places in the world have the rugged beauty and mystique of the Highlands, and while it seems like the perfect place for the real Hogwarts you unfortunately won’t be able to find it there (it must still be unplottable).
More Photos Of The Castle
With a beautiful oak balcony, hardwood floors and chandeliers the Collage Of Wizardry’s main hall is similar (although not as large) as Hogwarts main hall.
Around the grounds you can find a number of statues and ornaments as well as flower beds and lovely mature trees to relax under when the weather is nice.
The stunning main hall also has an exquisite roof with historic wood paneling.
Stained glass windows also show myths and legends. Here you can see St George slaying the dragon – or is it Sir Cadogan slaying a Hungarian Horntail?
The bathrooms don’t have a modern touch but instead stick to old world elegance found throughout the castle.
Is it just us or does this well look a lot like the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets? Lets hope there is not a Basilisk hiding in there.
Some of the alleys and winding paths through the castle look a lot like Knockturn Alley.
Here you can see the great hall during meal time. All the students wear their house colors and socialize with others in their group.
For the competitive people there are also interhouse quidditch competitions. See who takes home the trophy this year.
The castle really does make studying magic fun.
Some students bring their own quill sets to stand out from the rest while they’re here.
It’s smiles all around in this magical school. Unlike Hogwarts you’ll only go home with friends at the end of school.
Just like at Hogwarts Defense Against The Dark Arts is one of the most popular classes for students.
One of the best aspects of the school is that it’s set in a historic castle. Around the grounds you can see examples of historic metalwork and design.
Where Can You Learn Magic?
When people ask where you can learn magic you can now confidently answer, “Poland!” or more accurately the Collage of Wizardry at Czocha Castle. This castle is the closest you’ll get to the answer “Is Hogwarts real?”, and for that reason if you’re a Harry Potter fan this is something you should definitely consider.
Here you can see the castle courtyard. Its a great place for students to socialize (or duel).
The grounds of the castle make for a great place to relax after a hard day of learning magic.