Harry Potter Fans, Listen Up. You Can Now Take Free Virtual Classes at Hogwarts.
If you’re still a little bummed that your acceptance letter from Hogwarts never came, this is the news you’ve been waiting to hear.
Well, OK—we’re not going to transport you to a magical castle filled with secrets and mystery. (And, at a time like this, even the Hogwarts students would be social distancing). But we can let you know about an awesome program that’ll inspire and nourish your inner Potterhead.
Through Hogwarts is Here, a Harry Potter fan website, you can take magical classes like Defense Against The Dark Arts, Potions and more. Best of all, it’s totally free. Check out our favorite Harry Potter kitchen gear, too. Are you a Harry Potter expert? These are a few details you may have missed the first time you read the books.
You’re a Wizard!
That’s right, Potterheads: At Hogwarts Is Here, you can enroll in classes for all grade levels. First-years, for example, typically enroll in seven iconic wizarding courses—Charms, Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Herbology, History of Magic and Transfiguration—and you’ll complete assignments, quizzes, and exams. You’ll also be excited to hear that yes, you can play Quidditch. Sound fun? We certainly think so. If you don’t want to be a student, you can be a house ghost, auror or several other roles. Here are 14 messages in the Harry Potter books you never noticed before.
If you’re concerned about the authenticity of it all, rest assured that the experience is created by those who are as passionate about the Wizarding World as you. The site’s been running since 2014, offering us Muggles the chance to experience the magic that captured us all.
Take Me to Hogwarts
So, how do you get to Hogwarts? Well, start by pouring yourself a glass of pumpkin juice. Then, head over to Hogwarts is Here and create a user profile. You’ll decide which house you’re in—no Sorting Hat here, tragically—and join a dorm with your classmates. It’s the perfect quarantine boredom-buster. Looking for more learning opportunities? Here are 45 free online college courses from the best colleges and universities.