After a bit of a slowdown following Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 in 2011, the Harry Potter universe has shown a resurgence in a major way this year. From new books, stories and movies to the rapid opening of places to find butter beer and broomsticks. Add one more to the long list: a real life school of witchcraft and wizardry. The Mimbulus Mimbletonia Association (named for the rare magic plant from the Potterverse) is organizing a four-day long Potter immersion program patterned after fictional students’ first days at Hogwarts, including a sorting ceremony, classes, Quidditch matches and, of course banquets in the Great Hall.
Called Philosopher’s Stone, the Potter event will take place May 25-28 in a chateau in Lot-et-Garonne in southwest France. Tickets go on sale at the end of the year, and the Mimbletonia Association hasn’t released a price yet. But it’s likely you’ll need to make a big withdrawal at Gringott’s if you want to attend. Tickets will be limited to the first 100 applicants age 16 or older (muggle or otherwise) and you’ll have to follow along with the Mimbulus Mimbletonia Facebook page to see the announcement.
One more thing: The Mimbulus Mimbletonia Association is French and that means classes, ceremonies and games will all be held in French. So in addition to the Philosopher’s Stone, you may need Rosetta Stone as well. But if there were ever a good excuse to go out and learn a new language, this is it.