It is one of the dearest dreams of an entire generation.
Find, in his mail, a letter of admission for the school of wizards... For some, the trauma suffered after not having received the sesame at the age of 11 has never really been erased.
Luckily for them, there is still hope.
Le Rocher Portail castle, a building protected as a Historic Monument located in Brittany between Rennes and Mont-Saint-Michel, will launch immersive evenings in the world of Harry Potter. The idea is to make the participants experience a banquet on the model of the evening of arrival of the students in first year at Hogwarts with candles on the ceiling, animated tables, teachers and distribution in one of the four big houses.
The festivities will take place during the All Saints' Day holidays 2022 in a newly renovated castle barn which has the same dimensions as the Great Hall of Hogwarts.
But the project is not to create a copy of the most famous school of magic.
"We want to bring an adventure to a new school, with an untold story
Manuel Roussel, the owner of the castle , to
Le Figaro .
We will call on actors to embody the teachers and culinary designers to create dishes in harmony with the universe”.
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A mysterious character who lived in the castle
The castle barn, which has the same dimensions as the Great Hall of Hogwarts.
Chateau Le Rocher Portal
The opportunity for the castle, which has kept its original furniture, to showcase its heritage.
"The meal will be followed by an unusual tour of the castle, which has retained its original furniture, with new spaces
The evening will retrace the story of Hubert de Boutray, a mysterious character who lived in the castle at the beginning of the 20th century.
We will enter Hubert's house where we have found books on black magic and secret societies"
, says the owner of the castle.
A Breton fed up with the novels of Charles Dickens and a lover of the architecture of major English universities such as Oxford, Manuel Roussel acquired Château le Rocher Portail in 2016. In 2021, he renovated a barn previously used by farmers, and, struck by its resemblance to the Great Hall of Hogwarts, decides to organize banquets for wizards there for the 20th anniversary of JK Rowling's saga.
“I didn't realize the interest it aroused among the fans. We receive dozens of owls
“I didn't realize the interest it aroused among the fans.
We receive dozens of owls
(name of the mail in the Harry Potter universe Ed)
every day, it's madness!
Everyone wants to participate: decorators, engineers but also children...»
Fifteen evenings are planned for 2022 and the owner aims to make it an annual event.
200 guests will be able to take part in this unique experience each evening, for a price that should be between 70 and 100 euros.
By then, the castle should be connected to the network of chimneys.
If you run out of Floo powder, the flying broom will be in order...