I don’t know about you, but ever since I read the first Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the 6th grade, I wanted to go to Hogwarts. Writing Essays about Merlin, turning rats into teacups, and making forgetfulness potions seemed much more interesting and exciting than what I was actually doing in school. I wanted so badly to be a student at Hogwarts and it seemed completely unfair that this school was fictional. Keyword: was. Hogwarts is real now. Sort of.
Some dedicated fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series have created a website called Hogwarts is Here. It’s half MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game–think World of Warcraft) and half online university. The website allows you to get sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses, purchase school books and pets (with fake in-game money, of course), and take actual classes Harry and his friends would have taken at Hogwarts! You go through classes all the way from first year to seventh and when you’re done, you’re totally a certified wizard or witch!
The website is maintained by a bunch of volunteers who put in a lot of hard work, time and effort into making this a magical, fun experience. It’s all-encompassing and very thorough in terms of what makes the experience authentic (you can earn points for your house and collect chocolate frogs, just like a real student at Hogwarts would!), but the best part is: everything is entirely FREE. It literally costs you nothing and you can become the witch or wizard you always wanted to be!
If you’re interested, you can find the website here.
Keep in mind that using this website will allow you to talk with other people across the web. Make sure you have your parent’s permission and always always ALWAYS be safe when interacting with people you don’t know. For more information about what is and isn’t safe when talking to people online, check out this video for safe online talk.