Anyone who has made the mistake of attending a Harry Potter fancy dress party will know that fans of the young wizard already have some difficulty separating JK Rowling’s magical universe from reality, and Potter die-hards will be delighted to hear that an ambitious muggle in America has decided to recreate Hogwarts – sort of..
Harry Potter World might soon be opening its doors in Florida, but Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, a 68 year-old life-long ‘wizard’ has decided to open his own magical college in America and The Daily Mail are suggesting that he also has an eye on a disused castle in Montana..
The Grey School of Wizardry is the world’s only registered wizard academy, and like Hogwarts, the Grey School teaches 16 departments, including Alchemy, Beastmastery, Horse-whispering, wand-making and spell casting. Pupils who attend s unique ‘conclave’ magic schools are split into four ancient houses – Winds, Undines, Gnomes and Salamanders, and like Potter, students study a defence against the deadly Dark Arts.
“If you’ve ever read Harry Potter and wondered if wizards really do walk among us, perhaps behind a secret train platform, or in secret communities, I can tell you that we are absolutely real,” says Oberon, from Catoti, California.
Oberon rose to fame in the early 1980s as an eccentric who claimed to have created the world’s first unicorn by performing minor surgery on a goat. (Make of that what you will..) “It’s every wizard’s dream to have a unicorn, and we achieved that”, says Oberon, who lives with his wife, Morning Glory, 63, a witch. In 1985, he organized a diving expedition in Australia and New Guinea to investigate the age-old mystery of the mermaid.
The Grey School boasts 735 students, of which Oberon claims 100 are under-18 ‘trainee Harry Potters.’ For now, it is an online college with regular physical wizard camps, where muggles can study seven years to graduate with a journeyman degree in Wizardry.
“It’s a serious qualification,” insists the wizard. “We teach advanced ‘Mathemagicks’, Quantum entanglement, Cosmology & Metaphysics, Lore, Wortcunning [herbal medicine] and all the ancient sciences.”
Furthermore, Oberon is currently bidding on a giant castle in St Helena, Montana, to run a full-time educational facility, just like Hogwarts..