Hi, I'm Caroline D., co-director, planner, and professor for Harry Potter Camp in Elmhurst. This camp began, like Camp Half-Blood (our original backyard camp), with the idea that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is awesome, but it has become so much more.
As a kid (albeit a rather old kid), I love fantasy and adventure
just as much as anyone does. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and its subsequent
novels inspired me to celebrate these books that I love, and to share that love
with others. This quickly morphed into the idea of a camp based on the school in
the novels: Hogwarts. Such a camp would bring the books to life for the
kids who attended, and that's the ultimate aim: to get kids excited about
reading the way I get excited about reading. I want to share my passion for
books, and for the Harry Potter books in particular.
And what's not to
get excited about? J.K. Rowling masterfully blends adventure with mystery and
life lessons, as well as a bit of romance, so that kids of all ages and interests can
enjoy her stories. Through Harry Potter Camp, we can experience
all of these things outside the covers of a book (except maybe the romance!).
With activities like wand duels and Herbology Class,
participating in a Triwizard Tournament and learning to brew potions, there will never be a dull moment at
But back to the basics: my goal is ultimately to make reading and
books super cool, beyond what any teacher in a classroom or kid playing by
themselves can do. Yes, this requires some money-- but Harry Potter Camp is not for profit: the tuition fees go towards the
supplies and props, like realistic wands, that complete the Hogwarts experience for your demigod, and most of these things your child will
get to take home with them after the camp session is done. Also, all of our
awesome counselors are Harry Potter fans, dedicated to
creating a fun experience for the campers.
I hope this sounds like an
event cool enough for parents and wizards alike, and if so, I hope to see you
and your wizards and witches at Harry Potter Camp this summer! It's going
to be super fun!