Looking for a good course in Advanced Mathemagicks? Hoping to get your degree in Wortcunning and break into the lucrative herbal medicine field? Have you watched the Harry Potter movies too many times and find yourself wanting to be an actual wizard? This story could be life-changing for you.
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart has now opened the world's only registered institute of higher learning for aspiring wizards, the Grey School of Wizardry. The academy has an enrollment of over 700 students, with 100 in the under-18 "Harry Potter in training" program. Zell-Ravenheart hopes to recreate the fictional Hogwarts for a new generation of wannabe wizards.
While the cynical amongst us might see this as a cash-grab on the Magus's part, it should be noted that Zell-Ravenheart has been practicing the dark arts for years. He's well known in his hometown of Catoti, Calif., because he's the only guy at the local Safeway sporting a full-on wizard's robe and wand as he checks out the produce. The master of the dark arts has been involved in the scene for decades, first gaining a modicum of notoriety for turning a goat into a unicorn (thanks to some minor surgery). He may be "the real Dumbledore" now, but he's more used to being referred to as Gandalf or Merlin.
Interested in classes at the Grey School of Wizardry? Hit the jump for the curriculum.
Grey's school is a lot like Hogwarts in that it boasts 16 different fields of study, including alchemy, beastmastery, horse-whispering, wand-making and spell-casting. The schools are broken up into four different houses and the bulk of the courses are currently offered online -- so aspiring wizards can study and keep their day jobs. This could change in the near future, as Zell-Ravenheart is looking to buy a large property in Montana to become the school's main campus. No word yet on Grey School of Wizardry's accreditation, but we're guessing your credits in broom-riding and astral projection will totally transfer to most major universities.
Tuition is pretty affordable (sorry, doesn't seem like they have a financial aid department) with one year of study for children costing $30. Adults pay double, and everyone pays a "level up" fee when they move to the next tier of arcane knowledge, usually just a few bucks. At the end of the journey, students get a diploma certifying their journeyman wizard statuses. Occultists looking for an extra edge in the slack job market can then enroll in the master's degree program.
If you start classes now, you could complete your degree in time for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.' Just think how your friends will look upon you with admiration as you tell them "that's not how a real wizard would cast that spell." You'll need a magical staff just to beat off all the women who'll be clamoring for your attention. Kidding aside, interested parties can get more info at the Grey School of Wizardry website.