Spellcasters Is the Newest School for Talented Young Minds
A real-life Hogwarts-inspired school is coming to Westfield, Indiana. Chris and Briana Wellman are the ones behind the inspired idea. They are dedicating a portion of their own property to a school to educate at-risk kids in the Westfield area.
The plans to get the school built and running are just taking off. Chris Wellman explained the course of action a little more.
We are dedicating half of the 20 acres we live on to a Harry Potter-themed homeschool for at-risk kids. We are naming it Spellcasters. Our foundation, [t]he Patronus Foundation, will be overseeing/managing everything. We will be homeschooling our kids here as well. We are building, albeit a scaled-down version [of], the Great Hall, Gryffindor Tower, Hagrid’s [h]ut, [t]he Great Lake, [t]he Forbidden Forest and more. On the weekends, when the students are gone, we will be doing an [Airbnb] to help fund this project.
But there’s a catch – they need your help. Wellman explained to MuggleNet that the entire project will be managed by the Patronus Foundation, an organization founded by the Wellmans themselves. But they are on the hunt for individuals and companies willing to help with the massive project.
Spellcasters, the aptly named school, will be about 1,500 square feet with a two-story tower and Great Hall as housing and social spaces, respectively. The plan is also to incorporate spaces for recreational activities on the grounds, which include a quidditch pitch. Some of the help they are looking for would include experienced people for a digital rendering of plans, construction, custom vehicle wrapping for the Spellcaster bus, landscaping for the school grounds, teaching and assistants, media management, web design, and more. Perhaps you’re interested in delivering acceptance letters? They need someone for that as well. Students will get their acceptance letters via drone. But to make it look a little more magical, the drone will look more like an owl.
The interior of the school will be modeled around the Great Hall of Hogwarts and Gryffindor Tower. Chris Wellman says his wife, Briana, has a special talent when it comes to her ability to decorate, and because of that, she will be in charge of designing Spellcasters’ interior.
Projects like this one tend to take a little time. The hope is to get students into Spellcasters and learning by fall 2022. Four students, plus the Wellmans’ own kids, will be attending the first term. Mr. Wellman hopes that with a little more funding and space, more students will be able to attend later terms.
At the end of the day, the creation of Spellcasters is all about helping kids, as Wellman explains.
It means the world to me to take on this project. This is why I worked so hard for two decades, to get to this point. I want to wake up everyday [sic] excited about the day ahead and know that I am helping to create a better world. We named our foundation [t]he Patronus Foundation because we want to help protect and properly educate at-risk kids. For whatever reason, and to no fault of their own, they don’t have the resources nor the guidance nor live in a positive environment that kids need to grow into happy, productive members of society.
It takes truly dedicated wizards and witches, like Chris and Briana Wellman, to create something this special. We have no doubt that Spellcasters could one day be just as magical a place for kids as Hogwarts was. For anyone who is interested in lending a helping hand during the construction of Spellcasters, all they have to do is email Mr. Wellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MuggleNet would like to extend a special thank you to Chris and Briana Wellman for taking the time to share their project.