For Muggle (non-magical) Parents
If you are utterly (or even slightly) confused by this website and have little idea of what to expect from sending your child to Fiddleheart Academy, we implore you to read this muggle parent orientation letter.
If you are personally unfamiliar with the Harry Potter stories, then you may be asking yourself, "What are they actually doing at this camp?" The following will help you understand our motivation for creating a wizarding camp and our vision for what this experience will be for your child.
Those of us involved in creating this camp are genuine fans of the Harry Potter stories for their inventiveness, their ability to inspire young people to read, and the complex themes and values they explore. The wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling provides a wonderful backdrop for exploring everything from chemistry principles to life skills, artistic expression to environmental concerns. Although the students are learning, they do so enthusiastically within this magical environment.
Of great importance in any summer camp is fun. And we intend to have a lot of fun! Although we may call our classes Potions and Care of Magical Creatures, the activities we will do in these classes include theatre games, sport-like activities, crafts, chemistry experiments, foraging, gardening and treasure hunts.
We will also be learning valuable information about our natural world such as which wild plants are edible and the plight of the monarch butterfly. Students will discover ways to manage anxiety and fear, and they will be given tools for accessing their own wisdom and inner place of safety. Group discussion and activities will explore the themes of the Harry Potter series such as friendship, bullying, power, tolerance, and the idea that we are ultimately defined by the choices we make in life.
The success of this camp comes directly from the enthusiasm of the students and staff for this world of wizardry. What creates a captivating experience is our collective ability to immerse ourselves in this richly detailed fantasy world. The staff are all "in character" as various witches and wizards and we do our best to stay true to the spirit of the stories while adding our own details and flair. We also make the magic as real as we can within the limits of the non-magical world. Please be sure that your child understands both our intentions and our limitations, that we are playing characters within a fictional world who may need to leave character in order to counsel and support our students under certain circumstances.
Spoiler alert: We realize that not all students have read or listened to all of the stories. It is possible that students who have read the entire Harry Potter series may reveal plot points to students who have not. Clearly, we have no control over this. Thus, it is expected that there will be some "spoilers" for some campers. That being said, having been "spoiled" does not keep kids from enjoying the books. Countless fans have gone from first seeing the movies to reading the books and found that they preferred the books even though they already knew how the stories were going to unfold.