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Austrian Hogwarts an international attraction

By David Hill

Klagenfurt – an Austrian school for aspiring wizards and witches that became a hit when it added a Harry Potter course to its syllabus is now bringing its message of magic to the world – but that does not mean Carinthia’s politicians are safe.

“Wizardry is very close to nature and is in no way a form of religion,” said school director Andreas Starchel, originally a Carinthian IT expert who now goes by the name of Grand Wizard Dakaneth. “The school’s aim is to pass on witches’ and wizards’ ancestral know- ledge from the druid tradition which is gradually being forgotten,” he added. Staff at the real-life Hogwarts, located in an unassuming village in the Carinthian hills, say students can study the mythology behind the creation of Harry Potter and that the influence the books have had on people has made it a worthy subject to be taught in depth at a proper school of magic. The school already saw enquiries go through the roof last year in the wake of the release of the 7th book in the J. K. Rowling series with their, “Legend of Harry Potter” course.

Read the original article at: Weiner Zeitung News

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