Attn. ‘Harry Potter’ Fans: You Can Now Take Real Hogwarts Classes Online

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People are coming up with all sorts of creative ways to keep themselves entertained while social distancing. For instance, some PureWow editors are learning ukulele, utilizing newly purchased home bowling sets and doing a lot of baking. Looking for another way to keep busy? How about enrolling in a Hogwarts class?

Yep, you’ve heard of virtual classes at Yale and other similar offerings, but now Harry Potter fans can enroll in one of many online classes offered by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Thanks to Hogwarts Is Here, an online network for HP fans that’s been around since 2014, you can now get lost in the wizarding world and experience what it’d be like to be a first-year student and beyond.

As a first-year, you’ll be able to take courses like Astronomy, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and Transfiguration. But that’s not all. Since Hogwarts Is Here is also part role-playing game, you’re able to enter the competition for Head Boy or Head Girl of whatever house you choose to be a part of (sorry, no Sorting Hat here). You can even hang out in the common room and meet other people in the same house as you (aka Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin). With your house all set, you’ll be invited to purchase your textbooks and sign up for classes. You can even earn house points by completing your assignments well.

Each course is comprised of nine lessons and involves reading, writing essays and taking tests. If you want to earn the title of Head Boy or Head Girl, you’ll have to really work hard, though, as professors are the ones who nominate you.

Depending on how long social distancing lasts, you can even progress further in your studies. The course offerings go all the way up to the seventh year and there are also extra-curricular offerings like Alchemy and O.W.L.S. prep.

Consider our weekend set.

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Lex Goodman

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Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.
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