‘Wizarding Academy’ teaches children problem solving through magic

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Something magical is happening over at UW-Eau Claire-Barron County, as the wizarding world of "Harry Potter" takes over.

Young witches and wizards gathered Tuesday for the first day of ‘Wizarding Academy’. During the three-day magical adventure, young "Harry Potter" fans are split into the four houses, and will work together to solve problems and hunt for magical items, all while competing for the ‘House Cup’ of course.

"It’s mainly fun, but we’ll occasionally throw in a lesson when they’re not looking," said Headmaster Troy Kozma. "There’s like a really unique skill set in Harry Potter kids, they read the books, they know the stuff inside-out, it’s astounding."

Kozma, a UW-Eau Claire-Barron County Philosophy professor, told News 18 this unique camp helps kids problem solve while having fun.

"A lot of the camps are sort of sports oriented, and it’s nice to have a kind of literature oriented camp. There’s a lot of kids who are really into this and don’t have that many opportunities, so this is kind of fun," said Kozma.

Katherine Elchert, Head of Griffindor for the academy, agreed.

"Think magical learning is so interesting because these kids come and are completely engaged. As grownups, I think it’s really easy for us to forget to feel silly, but are wholeheartedly in it and so committed."

The magical beings participating in the camp only have two more days to find the key to Grindelwald’s vault.

"I think as grownups we want to encourage those kids to be able to really just experience the magic, enjoy and come together and meet a group of kids they wouldn’t have known," said Elchert.

The ‘Wizarding Academy’ runs through Thursday, August 23. This year is the first three-day camp they’ve had because last year’s one-day camp was so successful.

If you’d like to learn more about the ‘Wizarding Academy’, click here.

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