Many fans of Harry Potter may would like to get exactly costumes and accessories as those in a series of films. When I was warned there was a werewolf on the loose, I was drinking beers. A person in a black robe suddenly broke into the tavern door and wave his plastic wand. He shouted, “Everyone to your common rooms.” Then the room empties.
It’s only a role-playing party. I have spent the weekend at a Polish castle, in a disguise of schoolgirl wizard. We tried to put hexes on each other, and all of us sleep in a mixed dormitory. We also wear similar costumes and accessories in films, such as robes, glasses, beret hat us and the like. It sounds great. The College of Wizardry is a Larp, in which more than 140 players from 29 countries are holding a live action role playing. Certainly, there are not only role-playing games like Harry Potter. They are not just knock-off games to keep Warner Bros and JK Rowling Sweet. And we received warnings that if we use the spells from books or a real house name, we will be dragged by a man in a suit.
In spite all above matters, tricky conditions could not stop hardcore fans. A woman called Marie in black lipstick quit her job in America and came here. She said it’s the second to at the college. The college has been founded from 2014. “You don’t know what will happen to you”, the woman said in our dormitory, in which a thirty-something is tightening his tie and wearing his shorts. After primary school, I didn’t play make-believe. But now, I am a “first-year witch from Iceland” with a mysterious past. I have been told some information in advance. In other words, I’ll take the identity to eat, breathe and sleep in the following two and a half days.
In a luxurious hall of Czocha Castle, having been built in the 13th century, many fellow Larpers are comparing and discussing their agendas excitedly. The crowd is split into two groups, and some of them have never heard the game prior to come across the College of Wizardry. It’s time to leave the mundane world outside. Everyone has got a sheet printed with “school song”. And now, we need sing it together. All people filtering around the tables will eat Polish food together and they are in different disguises like those of ghosts, goblins and teachers. All of us are trying to stay in character and keeping the small talk going. We drink and talk with each other. All measures work. After an embarrassing first hour, I come across a wild-eyed “witch” named Hannah.
“Would you like to find a secret passageway?” she asked. I think it is not a come-on, so I roll with it. And we find bookshelves that connect to underground prisons and parties in full swing. We stop to chat with the strange “prefect” who are patrolling the corridors. At the moment, I am starting to have fun. Some people already fell into asleep when I ushered in my dorm.