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April 17, 2014 12:02 PM   Subscribe

Ever wish you could actually take classes in Charms, Transfiguration, and Potions from Hogwarts for real? Now you can!
posted by divabat (38 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
So what, it's a Magical MOOC?
posted by oceanjesse at 12:20 PM on April 17


Taken down by Rowling in 1..2..3...
posted by conifer at 12:20 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


Vaguely related if you're into this school-from-home model, and if potions aren't your thing, if you want to learn powerful magic - if you want to join the few who understand ancient secrets of the universe, if you are willing to study huge old tomes filled with strange symbols that reveal the deep principles that surround and govern us, if you want to gain the ability to construct strange artifacts capable of pulling raw energy out of the very air itself and channeling it to your will, affecting and changing the world around you... then one of the greatest tomes of all can be found... here.
posted by anonymisc at 12:22 PM on April 17 [16 favorites]


"This website is NOT endorsed, supported or associated, directly or indirectly, with Warner Bros. Entertainment, JK Rowling, Pottermore, EA Games or any of the "official Harry Potter trademark/right holders"."

Yea. That's not going to end well.
posted by GuyZero at 12:25 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Also, ads for Mormon.org? Ad targeting run amok? Or perhaps a SECRET PLAN???
posted by GuyZero at 12:26 PM on April 17


What the hell does that mean, huh? Hogwarts is here, I don't even know what the hell that means, all I know is this "Vol Demort" character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires zapping everybody to death, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with a snake coming out of his mouth!
posted by Iridic at 12:28 PM on April 17 [6 favorites]


Looks like a front for Scientology.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:30 PM on April 17


Looks like a front for Scientology.

That would explain so much about that school.
posted by The Whelk at 12:34 PM on April 17 [6 favorites]


or any of the "official Harry Potter trademark/right holders"."

I have been thinking about those quotation marks for the last few minutes and I still don't know whether they're trying to imply something or whether it's just a case of misused punctuation.
posted by cjelli at 12:37 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Come to think of it, the ever-shifting stairways and corridors of Hogwarts do call to mind the pointless labyrinthine complexity of finding my damn class syllabus on Blackboard.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:38 PM on April 17 [9 favorites]


It will be interesting to see how long this lasts. I almost want to see their faces when the creator of their beloved world drops the legal hammer on this.

Or just Comcast, since there is a photo of The Hogwarts Express and the schhol from Islands of Adventure.
posted by Badgermann at 12:40 PM on April 17


Hufflepuff, as always, remains unpopular.
posted by grumpybear69 at 12:41 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


IT'S A RAREFIED, AQUIRED TASTE
posted by The Whelk at 12:43 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


It's another RPing site, right? Why would this one get taken down and not, say, every other roleplaying, fanfiction and fanart site on the entire internet? Doesn't Harry Potter related material make up like 2-4% of the entire internet by volume?
posted by NoraReed at 12:44 PM on April 17


Hufflepuff, as always, remains unpopular.

Though, points-per-house-member is highest for Hufflepuff - even better than Ravenclaw.
posted by 3FLryan at 12:47 PM on April 17


Well, if nothing else, they are hard workers.
posted by davros42 at 12:59 PM on April 17


It's another RPing site, right? Why would this one get taken down and not, say, every other roleplaying, fanfiction and fanart site on the entire internet? Doesn't Harry Potter related material make up like 2-4% of the entire internet by volume?

Well, for starters they're using a trademark in the domain name. If it's not "hogwartssucks.com," it's not that hard to claim cybersquatting and sue for the domain.
posted by BungaDunga at 1:02 PM on April 17


To be perfectly honest, I'm surprised the copyright holders themselves didn't think of doing this a long time ago. It now seems like an obvious thing to do.
posted by New England Cultist at 1:07 PM on April 17


I suspect that they've got one of those random ad servers that will buy ads from just about anyone. (I got the Mormons a couple of times, amusingly enough. Not as amusingly, I also got a Download button for something called videosconverter, which sounds fishy, to say the least, especially since the on-page link doesn't say what it's for and might give the impression that it's necessary to use the site.)
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:10 PM on April 17


How do they prevent muggles from getting in?
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:10 PM on April 17


Hufflepuff, as always, remains unpopular.

Though, points-per-house-member is highest for Hufflepuff - even better than Ravenclaw.


There is good value in a Hufflepuff education, and more and more often young witches and wizards are choosing Hufflepuff for its excellent Wizard:pupil ratio, manageable tuition, excellent housing benefits along with it's superb RoI. Some are Hufflepuffs for their first few years before transferring to more well known houses. Hufflepuff is a STEM (Sorcery, Transformation, Expiliarum, Muggle-Studies) school, which we all know is what matters in a modern magical education. Slytherin and Griffindor, by contrast, continue to push its Defense Against the Dark Arts major, which is well known to be an over-saturated job market.
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:12 PM on April 17 [15 favorites]


I'm surprised the copyright holders themselves didn't think of doing this a long time ago.

That's pretty much what Pottermore is, so far as I understand it.
posted by Sokka shot first at 1:23 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Pottermore doesn't really involve taking classes, it's more an interactive guide to the books. There are some elements that involve being in a class of some kind, but (asides from the Potions side game) they only really appear if they're part of the plot.
posted by divabat at 1:26 PM on April 17


I don't get it. I keep making stupid latin puns and pointing a stick at things and nothing is happening! Yet another example of the downward spiral of our educational system.
posted by Naberius at 1:29 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


WINGARDIUM LAWSUITIOSA!
posted by Kitteh at 1:32 PM on April 17 [11 favorites]


Pshaw. Ravenclaw...esome.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:44 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


I would just like to say that in 1999, my best friends and I built a Hogwarts Online website using Homestead site templates and it was awesome and I taught History of Magic and did all the graphics for the school. We graded papers, gave tests, built a functioning shopping cart to allow users to buy supplies in Diagonal Alley, and even had plans to build a Beauxbatons Academy when GoF came out. At our highest enrollment period we had something like 300 people playing. I owe my entire career to that site, as weird as it may sound.

That Pottermore barely comes close to the level of detail and quality a bunch of 6th graders were able to achieve using a site builder will be a longstanding point of pride for me always.

TLDR: This site. I like it.
posted by Hermione Granger at 2:10 PM on April 17 [22 favorites]


mcstayinskool: Hufflepuff is a STEM (Sorcery, Transformation, Expiliarum, Muggle-Studies) school, which we all know is what matters in a modern magical education.

15 points to House Stayinskool.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on April 17


Though, points-per-house-member is highest for Hufflepuff - even better than Ravenclaw.

Gryffindor - 122,321 points / 32,193 students = 3.489 pphm
Hufflepuff - 77,201 points / 11,046 students = 6.989 pphm
Ravenclaw - 164,382 points / 23,181 students = 7.091 pphm
Slytherin - 117,549 points / 17,695 students = 6.643 ppm

Hard work and loyalty are all well and good, but at the end of the day you also need to be able to come up with the right answer.
posted by I've a Horse Outside at 2:26 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


Hermione Granger: Could you tell me more about your career? I was pretty active in fandom website making (bands and TV shows: I was more on the periphery of HP fandom then) as a teen and attribute a lot of my current life path to those fandom forays, and would like to know more from others who've done the same!
posted by divabat at 2:27 PM on April 17


If I need a potion, I think I'll just email Snape.
posted by Cranberry at 3:18 PM on April 17


"I fully realize that I am not actually allowed to do this." I don't understand the logic of these people, or of the people on YouTube who do the same thing with clips of songs they don't own the rights to.
posted by emelenjr at 3:32 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


I was homewizardschooled as a kid. Also, I never got a Potions education, because my mom read an article by that one witch who used to be in the nudie mags claiming that potions cause autism.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:51 PM on April 17 [3 favorites]


I don't understand the logic of these people

It's not logic, it's love.
posted by anonymisc at 4:37 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


I'm not really a Potter fan (seriously, have never made it more than 1/3 through the first book), but I've seen some of the movies and they're alright.

Hogwarts seems to me to be like uber-Eton, except the magic wands are flailed about in public and not just in the showers or after lights out.

I wonder if Rowling ever felt jealous that she couldn't attend Eton or similar. I know there are girls' schools which almost have the same cachet, but it's not the same as being able to say one is an Old Etonian.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:48 PM on April 17


How do they prevent muggles from getting in?

Well, I'm getting a "503 Service Unavailable" error, and I'm a muggle. Maybe that's how.
posted by amtho at 8:08 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Nice try, University of Phoenix.
posted by Legomancer at 5:33 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


Nice try, University of (the order of the) Phoenix.

Fixed that for you. :)
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:12 AM on April 19 [2 favorites]


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