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    Hogwarts is Here

     
    Hogwartsishere.com is a website offering courses in magical studies to fans of the Harry Potter series. The website was created by volunteers and all professors are employed on a volunteer basis.

    Fans can create a free account on the site and receive an "acceptance letter" into Hogwarts.

    Students can then enroll in courses that include Potions, Transfiguration and Charms. Courses include lessons, assignments and homework for students. The assignments are graded by professors after being submitted through the website.

    Students currently have no deadlines and can complete coursework on their on time.

    Students enrolled can also purchase full textbooks through the online version of Flourish and Blotts, the popular bookstore in the novels. Textbooks are required for courses, and titles are on the supply list given at the time of enrollment. Titles include "Magical Drafts and Potions", "A History of Magic" and "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi".

    A bank account is opened for each student when they enroll, and virtual magical currency is withdrawn from the account, located in Gringotts Bank, when a purchase is made.

    Students have the opportunity to gain points for their House. The four Hogwarts houses Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Students may choose their house at the time of enrollment.

    Gryffindor, the house known for courage and bravery, currently has the most students enrolled. More than 19,000 students have chosen the house. Ravenclaw, the house know for its intelligence, currently has the most House Points. Students in Ravenclaw have earned more than 135,000 points.

    The site has gained lots of attention lately, prompting the a message about site speed at the top of the page.

    "Due to recent press, we are experiencing extremely high traffic", the message says. " We appreciate your patience."

    Students can also apply to become assistant professors and volunteer for the site.

    The site plans to accept applications for a student newspaper, called "The Daily Owl" in mid-April.

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