Seven years after J K Rowling firmly shut the doors to Hogwarts, a UK-based web developer has opened a ‘window’. Launched in mid-April, Hogwarts is Here is a fan-made website that gives Potterphiles a chance to do what they’ve always craved: study at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Wands at the ready
The pet project of 24-year-old Keith D Cardin, Hogwarts is Here has all the course curriculum mentioned in the books—from Defence against the Dark Arts and Potions to Charms and Transfiguration. With volunteer professors being mapped to each subject—studied over seven nine-week courses—students (over 60,000 already) have to complete essays, assignments and quizzes in order to pass. While Pottermore, a popular Potter-themed website, focusses more on Harry Potter and his journey at Hogwarts, Hogwarts is Here is all about the life and education of a witch or wizard.
The big question we asked fans: why would you do this when there is no reward? “This is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to be a part of Hogwarts, to learn the subjects, and this is my chance,” says Nidheya Suresh, a 21-year old Potterphile. So is it all a game? “It is like a game but I take this very seriously because, for me, Harry Potter is very serious,” says Pooja Kumar, 15, another fan.