Harry Potter inspired a Canadian middleschool to shapeshift into Hogwarts.
When Riverview Middle School wanted to boost their literacy scores, teachers came up with a spellbinding plan to motivate students.
Teacher Armand Doucet, 35, put in months of work to transform the cafeteria and class rooms into one of fiction’s most well-known schools — Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
He said: “We wanted to create Harry Potter world to get the excitement back into learning — especially in the dreary days of January.”
Mr Doucet, of New Brunswick, had planned the event with the other teachers since late September.
He said: “There have been countless meetings. We spent hours decorating the school in the last few weeks from 5am to 11pm every night.”
The school was decorated throughout, with the cafeteria transformed into the iconic dining hall at Hogwarts and the office fixed up like platform Nine and Three Quarters.
More than 140 volunteers helped out to make the transformation happen last week.
Mr Doucet said: “Students and teachers have helped create our vision.
“We worked from Friday right through until Sunday to get it finished on time.”
The cafeteria boasted 250 candles on the ceiling and the hallways were decked out with banners, gargoyles and candelabras.
Mr Doucet, says the pupils were overjoyed with the school’s makeover.
He said: “It was priceless to see the student’s faces when they walked in on Monday morning.”
Every teacher dressed up as a professor from the popular film series, and students were encouraged to take part in themed activities, such as quidditch, quests and wizard chess championships.
The school captured plenty of internet attention after a photo of the cafeteria went viral.
Mr Douchet said: “It’s so exciting to know that the innovation and creativity we’ve brought to the classroom is being noticed.
“We’ll definitely do it again next year – we’re not sure if it’ll be Harry Potter but maybe a different great piece of literature.”
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