All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Finally, you have an opportunity to take classes—yes, real, actual classes—at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Okay, so it’s not actually Hogwarts. But it’s the closest thing to actually attending Hogwarts that we’re going to get. Yes, closer than any video game—even Pottermore.
Actually, in my opinion, this is what Pottermore (and Pottermore at PlayStation Home) could and should have been. Yes, Pottermore features quizzes for sorting and wand-choosing, but after that, every moment follows Harry’s story exclusively. In Pottermore at PS Home, we can walk around in some of our favorite locations, but opportunities to interact within them are rather minimal. Besides, Pottermore at PS Home probably won’t be updated any more anyway.
How is taking classes “at Hogwarts” even possible? Well, obviously, it happens online. More and more colleges are moving to an online format, so more and better platforms are being created to meet that need. Hogwarts is Here is exactly that: an online education platform where anyone can take Hogwarts-style classes for free. I joined the website to check it out almost as soon as it was released, but I haven’t done much since then, because, you know, time. Many students are currently advancing to Second Years, but I’m sure I’ll be stuck as a First Year for a long time to come.
Anyway, here are the classes that the First Years can take:
- Defense Against the Dark Arts
- History of Magic
So, basically, Harry Potter fans can now take online all the classes that the First Years take in the books. Within each class, you take quizzes that are graded by a computer and write essays that are graded by a professor (an actual person)! There’s also required reading for each class. All the books for your required reading are located within the Hogwarts Library and are written by actual people too. Sadly, none of these people are J.K. Rowling, but the people writing the books do know what they’re writing about, so the books are generally high-quality.
In addition to classes, there are forums, common rooms and dorm rooms where you can interact with other students, trivia, clubs, opportunities to earn house points for your (self-chosen) house, and an auditorium, where occasionally, fan films (such as The Greater Good and The Battle of Hogwarts) are shown and everyone can watch them and chat about them at the same time. What are you waiting for! Enroll today! And when you do, add me as a friend! See you at Hogwarts!