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Harry Potter fans can now enrol as a student at a real-life Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Looks like you'll be getting that owl with an acceptance letter after all.

By Jennifer Read-Dominguez

If you never leave the house without your Time-Turner, are always down for a drunken game of Wizard Chess, and have been clinging onto any hope that Harry Potter isn't entirely fictional – then listen up!

There's now a real-life Hogwarts opening in the UK – and it's magical.

Inspired by the success of similar schools (New World Magischola in the US and College of Wizardry in Czocha Castle, Poland) and based on J.K. Rowling's world-famous series of books, Bothwell School of Witchcraft at the scenic Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex will open its doors this summer.

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So if you've been suffering the annual disappointment of not receiving an owl with your acceptance letter for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (and you've missed out on tickets for the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play) then this is clearly the next best thing...

Forget fighting with other fans to pose with a Butterbeer by Dursleys front door at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, this 15th-century castle offers a three-day stay, full board, and the chance to attend an ACTUAL banquet – because, we all know there was never a shortage of food at Hogwarts, ain't that right Ron?!

In all Sirus-ness, the magical weekend-long event runs much like a murder mystery where guests will be given a character and role to play as well as being sorted into a house and studying the fine art of magic...

Although you won't be bumping into the likes of Harry, Ron and Hermione, you'll still be able to explore the grounds (spanning 300 acres) and channel your inner Newt Scamander by meeting weird and wonderful creatures along the way...

Speaking to Digital Spy, co-founder of Rogue Events Limited, Stuart Munnich said: "We've done a bit of research and there's nothing like it in the UK so we thought we'd bring it to the UK audience.

"We were lucky that Herstmonceux Castle had a cancellation allowing us to book it for the event.

"When we arrived at Herstmonceux for the first time we knew immediately that it was the right place. It just felt magical."

Prices will vary based on a series of packages that will be made available. The standard tickets will range from £400-£450 including 2 nights' accommodation at Herstmonceux and all meals included.

Tickets for Bothwell School of Witchcraft will be sold via Kickstarter from March 28. For more information, visit the dedicated website here.

We can't wait for Dumbledore's end-of-term speech...

Source: [Cosmo UK](http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/news/a50211/harry-potter-fans-can-now-enrol-at-hogwarts-school-of-witchcraft-and-wizardry-a-magical-weekend-in-the-uk/)