Bristol University of Wizardry and Witchcraft: Faculty of the Dark Arts and Humanities

Bristol University of Wizardry and Witchcraft: Faculty of the Dark Arts and Humanities

Will's Memorial Building, Bristol, UK, BS1

7th October, 2017

Dear Applicant, We are pleased to inform you that you have been offered a place at Bristol University of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Attend our Open Day on October 7th to learn more about the modules on offer through fun and interactive ‘magic’ taster classes run by PhD students. These classes will give you the opportunity to engage with and learn about cutting-edge Arts and Humanities research happening at universities in the South West and Wales. Sincerely, Amme Neeg Vice-Chancellor

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CLASSES ON OFFER AT THE BRISTOL UNIVERSITY OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY OPEN DAY

Ghostly Enigmas

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:00 and 13:30 - 16:00

Good and Evil Doubles Dress Up

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:00 and 13:30 - 16:00

Magical Letters

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

Optical Illusions

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:00 and 13:30 - 16:00

Origami Howlers

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

Wand Making

Hour-long sessions from: 11:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 15:00

Outwit a Witch Game

Drop in from:   11:00 - 13:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

Spell Craft for Beginners

Drop in from:   11:00 – 13:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

Performing Magic and Religion

 Short sessions running from:

12:00 - 12:15   13:30 - 13:35   14:20 - 14:35   15:20 - 15:35

12:20 - 12:35   13:40 - 13:55   14:40 - 14:55   15:40 - 15: 55

12:40 - 12:55   14:00 - 14:15   15:00 - 15:15

Magical Objects - Handle with Care

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

Fantastical Beasts Mask Making

Drop in from: 11:00 - 13:30 and 14:00 - 16:00

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Classes on offer at the Bristol University of Witchcraft and Wizardry Open Day

Ghostly Enigmas

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:00

13:30 - 16:00

Discuss notions of death and the after-life with a confused ghost who is not quite sure why he is still here. During the event, visitors will get the chance to engage in conversation with a troubled soul who, in life, expected to disappear after death. This poor ghost has been studying with the Wizarding School in the hopes of trying to understand why he’s still around and what will happen next. The ghost is hoping to get some answers regarding his predicament from members of the public.

 

Good and Evil Doubles Dress Up

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:00

13:30 - 16:00

In this class, visitors will get to dress up in costumes picked from one of two boxes: good and evil. In each box, participants will find props and garments associated with good and evil characters from literature and myth. Participants will have the opportunity to see themselves reflected in a mirror alternately as ‘good’ and ‘evil’ characters. Can good and evil exist within the same person? Find out in the ‘Good and Evil Doubles Dress Up’ class.

Magical Letters

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:30

14:00 - 16:00

Join in with this hands-on magical letter-writing class! In 'Magical Letters', participants will engage in letter-writing activities using enchanted invisible ink and jinxed backwards mirror. Participants will also learn about the different systems of communication traditionally used by muggles. Visitors will get the opportunity to stamp their own magical envelope and eat fiendishly delicious postal sweets!  

Optical Illusions

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:00

13:30 - 16:00

Explore traditional and modern optical illusions in this family-friendly class. Participants will get the opportunity to experiment with devices such as the Thaumotrope (a disk with a picture on either side, which when attached to two pieces of string and wound up, appears to combine the two images) and the Flip-book, (which appears to animate a sequence of slightly varying images). The class will ask participants to think about the experience of creating and viewing different types of images.

Origami Howlers

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:30

14:00 - 16:00

When witches and wizards want to express their disapproval, they send ‘howlers’ to each other - letters that scream at the recipient. We will make origami versions. Makers will be able to express their own fears/irritations/anger or share a time they have been on the receiving end. Can criticism be constructive? Or does it stifle innovative thinking? Or both?

Wand Making

Hour-long sessions from:

11:00 - 12:00

14:00 - 15:00

Unlike wizardkind, Muggles can’t change one thing into another just with the wave of their wand. However, just as arcane as the mysteries of wandlore, we have our own inheritance of transformative hidden knowledge, our craft heritage – realised not by our wands but by our tools, hands, bodies and brains. We’ll be running a wand making workshop and asking people to reflect on the processes and materials of making and the way in which this might allow them to experience hidden knowledges.

 

Outwit a Witch Game

Drop in from:   11:00 - 13:30 14:00 - 16:00

Brave contestants will have the chance to turn their sickles into fizzing whizzbees! Players will start by receiving six sickles. Each sickle can be exchanged for one fizzing whizzbee sweet. But there’s a catch! First, the witch will try to win back some of the sickles in a game. Her opponents will face a choice: should they play it safe or take a risk...? After completing the game, participants will be invited to consider what role the witch’s language played in their decision.

 

Spell Craft for Beginners

Drop in from:   11:00 – 13:30 14:00 - 16:00

This event will explore how words can ‘magically’ impact on the bodies of others. In ‘Spell Craft for Beginners’, participants will be invited to write their own ‘spell’. Spell prompts will include: happiness spell, sadness spell, vitality spell, love spell but visitors can also suggest their own. Participants will be asked to compose a short piece of writing that inspires this feeling on scrap paper, then, when they’re happy with it, to transfer it onto parchment. To make the spell extra special, visitors will be invited to add fairy dust (glitter) and to seal it with ribbon and wax.

 

Performing Magic and Religion

 

Short sessions running from:

12:00 - 12:15   13:30 - 13:35   14:20 - 14:35   15:20 - 15:35

12:20 - 12:35   13:40 - 13:55   14:40 - 14:55   15:40 - 15: 55

12:40 - 12:55   14:00 - 14:15   15:00 - 15:15

In this class, participants will get the opportunity to act in a short dramatization of a religious story which features in the Bible and the Qur’an. Explore the theme of magic in the Bible and the Qur’an by acting out the story of Moses and the magicians of Pharaoh. In this story, Moses and Aaron turn a staff into a snake and engage in a magical competition.

Magical Objects - Handle with Care

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:30

14:00 - 16:00

A dead hand, a Bible, and a candle... what are they for? Visit a ‘wizard’s shop’ to find out! Here you’ll be able to learn about real spells from the medieval and early modern periods. Handle the objects and try to guess what spells each item was used for: prizes for right answers! Participants will also have the opportunity to view map of England which plots all the places magicians lived and practised, and discover the most common things magic was used for (spoilers: it was not flying on broomsticks or cursing people).

Fantastical Beasts Mask Making

Drop in from:

11:00 - 13:30

14:00 - 16:00

Participants are invited to join a mask decorating workshop loosely based on fantastic beasts and death eater masks.

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