This Teacher Wins the Internet With His Hogwarts Classroom
You have to see how a real-life Dumbledore transformed his Muggle classroom into something completely magical.
Forget about saving up your Galleons for a trip to Universal Studios, or waiting until the next Fantastic Beasts movie opens—if you were lucky enough be sorted into Kyle Hubler's seventh and eighth grade classes at Evergreen Middle School in Oregon, your first day of school included a magical journey to Hogwarts.
Hubler, who clearly wins the award for Most Awesome Teacher in the Muggle World, spent weeks transforming his classroom, and the results are beyond magical. He papered the walls to look like they’re made out of centuries-old stone and brick, and decorated every nook and cranny with Harry Potter gear. There is a Sorting Hat, an array of wands, broomsticks, Quidditch supplies, banners, ties, and scarves for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff, and even a Pensieve, for Merlin’s sake! The shelves are filled with books on magic and dragons as well as all of J.K. Rowling’s classic book. (Presumably Hubler will eventually add books on such mundane Muggle subjects as math, U.S. history, and science.)
“I love Harry Potter because of the impact it had on me as a kid,” Hubler told the Huffington Post. “Being a kid can be tough sometimes—there were times when I felt weird and that I didn’t belong to any circle of friends, and reading the books was a way to escape that and feel like I did belong.” He also pointed out that the books’ lessons on acceptance, loyalty, and integrity have influenced his teaching style.
Hubler used his own extensive collective of Harry Potter gear to decorate his classroom, and purchased other items at the hardware store on second-hand to keep costs down (he presumably doesn’t have an endless supply of Gringotts’ gold!).
Now, of course, the real magic will be getting his seventh and eighth graders to stop gaping at all the wondrous artifacts in the room and get to the business of studying and learning. But we have a feeling Hubler has a few other tricks up his sleeves to achieve that feat.
h/t Huffington Post