While South Africa is under lockdown, and countries around the world are practising social distancing and self-isolation, many institutions have started promoting free courses. I mean a fancy Yale course will be nice, but I kind of want the satisfaction that knowing I beat Draco Malfoy in my Defense Against the Dark Arts grade at Hogwarts.
So where can you get these courses from? Hogwarts is Here is an online social network that was created by super Harry Potter fans in 2014 and allows muggles to socialise while also getting an education. You start the game as a first-year student and you race to get good grades and get the coveted Head Boy or Head Girl title (ask Percy Weasley, he’ll tell you how big this is).
Basically, when you enroll at Hogwarts, you choose a house (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff), purchase books from ole Flourish and Botts. You can choose to do all the Year One courses at one, or take it at a more leisurely pace and do one course at a time. To earn house points, you need to enroll into courses and complete your assignments for grades.
Classes that are available include Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, Astronomy, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Herbology. The courses include nine lessons and of course assignments with long essays (you won’t have a Hermione to do it for you though). At the end of every course, the professor picks two students to be the Head Boy and Girl, based on academic performance and commitment.
After you completed Year One courses, you can move onto the next year, until you finish all seven years and graduate from Hogwarts. Although if you don’t feel like the classes you can also partake in the role-playing game (RPG) aspect by joining or creating role-playing groups.
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