Kingdom of Wizardry

  • 4051 Dean Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Dates: 5/18/2019, 5/19/2019
  • Location: Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, Inc.
  • Overview

    A School of Wizardry Opens in Iowa!

    The first Harry Potter novel was released in 1997, and Iowa muggles ever since have yearned
    to attend their own school of wizardry. Alas, there have been no schools this side of the ocean—
    until now. Word is that on May 18th and 19th, a portal will open to allow common muggles
    (that’s nonmagical folk, for those not in the know) an opportunity to learn the ways of wizards.
    The portal will transport wannabes to the Kingdom of Wizardry. There, they will participate in
    quests, learn battle skills, attend Quidditch demonstrations, and be immersed in classes,
    hanging out with fellow wizards.

    Why is the portal opening now? Up until recently the good wizards of the world have been
    able to keep the dark forces in line. However, these dark forces have been growing in power—
    the good wizards need reinforcements to stave off the growing evil and need even the help of
    muggles if they are to succeed.

    Who is behind this nefarious plot? It seems that a mysterious wizard known only as Lord
    Darkstone has put the Kingdom into a state of fear. He seeks power above all else and has
    gathered many black-hearted allies and minions to serve him. Many have fled to the magic
    school, seeking safety and desiring only to fight back and reclaim their lands. The Gatekeeper, a
    wizard with the ability to travel between worlds, fears even the famed might of the magic
    academy won’t be enough to stop Lord Darkstone. The Gatekeeper is reaching out to the
    human world, seeking brave souls who believe in magic who will come to his aid. He is
    prepared to teach them the mystic arts at the Kingdom of Wizardry if only they will help defeat
    Lord Darkstone.

    Who might want to attend? The Gatekeeper is seeking lovers of magic in general, and in
    particular fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the Magicians, Narnia, and other fictional
    wizards of lore. The school is open to all ages, with classes designed for ages 8 and older.
    There is also a pub and an adults-only potions mixology class for older wizards who wish to
    attend the Kingdom of Wizardry.

    What will the day entail? First-year students will choose from three departments: Mind
    School, Physical School, and Nature School. Once they have chosen their course of study they
    will be given a schedule of three classes. Each class is approximately 20 minutes long, which
    leaves plenty of time for extracurricular activities. Students may go on a variety of quests,
    ranging from assisting professors to racing brooms. (Think of it as extra credit!) The Iowa State
    Quidditch team will be on hand to demonstrate how quidditch is played and to scrimmage with
    first-years. Students will also be coached by elves and dwarves on how to defend the Five
    Realms, learning archery and axe throwing. At the end of the day students will be awarded with
    their first-year graduation certificate. There are more surprises, too.

    But what if I don’t have a wand or a robe? The Kingdom of Wizardry offers shopping for
    every student’s wizarding needs, including potions and baubles and more. It’s hungry work
    learning the magical arts, and fortunately there are many tasty treats to fill the belly—topped off
    with a tankard of buttered beer from the Frothing Mug. Adult beverages and mixology classes
    will be available at the Black Cauldron.