J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been a timeless addition to our bookshelves. Even if you’re new to the series or a devoted fan, the magic is bound to stay with you for years to come. That’s exactly what inspired this teacher to transform his dreary classroom into a magical learning environment that would make Professor McGonagall proud.
Kyle Hubler, the teacher in question, works in Hillsboro, Oregon and currently teaches seventh and eighth-grade students. I remember I would always dread sitting in a boring classroom for hours on end. Sometimes I even had a favorite spot on the wall right behind the teacher’s head so they would think I was listening. Hubler wanted his students to feel comfortable and engaged in the classroom, so he converted his homeroom into a Potterhead wonderland.
Hubler reportedly spent over 70 hours meticulously crafting and preparing the classroom before the school year even began. Apart from some handmade items, he also included items from his personal collection for his students to enjoy.
“Many of the supplies were purchased at hardware stores or online and the expenses were out of pocket, but I found creative ways to keep costs down by looking for things second hand at garage sales and on Facebooks marketplace,” Hubler told The Huffington Post.
The entrance to the classroom is cleverly painted to look like the famous brick entrance to Platform 9 3/4. The setup also wouldn’t be complete with banners representing all the houses, so students can feel right at home regardless if they’re a Gryffindor or Slytherin (I personally fancy myself a Ravenclaw). This is a classroom straight out of my childhood fantasies when I grew up wanting to become a witch. Who wouldn’t want to go on magical adventures in school?
“As a kid, I remember my biggest dream was to go to Hogwarts someday, but I knew that I could never truly go there and that was a disappointment to feel like I had to give up on that dream,” Hubler told The Huffington Post. “When I became a teacher and started talking to my students about their dreams I realized that I had the power to make my childhood wish come true. It wasn’t necessarily in the way I imagined as a kid, but it still feels like I made my 12-year-old self proud and fulfilled that kid’s dream.”
Get ready, class. Turn to page 394. Here’s a video he posted on Facebook showing his setup!