Creating Hogwarts Magic

Creating Hogwarts Magic is a 5 week spiritual empowerment program for a small number of beginner wizards aged 8 – 11 year. It is  designed to help children open their imaginations to learn about loyalty, trust, friendship, leadership, problem-solving, working for the common good and other life skills.

Hogwarts will open each Sunday 4.00 – 5.30 Jan 29 – Feb 26 2017. The program will be limited to 15-18 children and registration is required.

The program is lead by professional teacher Dominque McGrady and offered by the Youth Spiritual Exploration Program at the CV Unitarian Fellowship.

A less structured more play-based Hogwarts-themed program is also available for younger children at the same time for parents joining in the CVUF Sunday sessions.

Hogwarts is open Sundays 4:00 – 5:30 pm 

January 29 until February 26 2017.

Registration is NOW CLOSED.

Please use the contact form to put your name on the notify list for the next program.


Dumbledore says

It is in our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Rev up your Firebolt !

The Creating Hogwarts Magic program is fun and interactive experience for children aimed at exploring spiritual values.  

During the 5-week program, participants study the Muggle World and spiritual values and principles “through the eyes of a Wizard.”  Through their classes in Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Flying, and Herbology, students will learn about the inherent worth of dignity of everyone, the wonderment of life, collaboration and the magic of imagination.

Creating Hogwartz Magic is a developmental-appropriate program based on research and years of experience.


Our first day

After our welcome and introductions by Hogwarts faculty, our newest wizards will be allocated into their houses ”— Phoenixfire, Stonedragon, Waverider and Windhorse — with the sorting hat. Houses will depend on number of participants and ages.  Parents are welcome to stay to comfort their children as needed.

Professor Acadia La’mour and her staff will focus on getting to know each other and having some fun as they visit Diagon Alley.  Here we will make sure each wizard has a costume and a character they love and all the equipment they need.

Faculty will be available after classes to check in with families for any queries or feedback.

Our wizardry classes

A complete class description will be provided for families on the first day.

With their wizardry instructors, classes with titles like “Charms,” “Potions,” “Herbology” and “Care of Magical Creatures” will provide experiential experiences to explore spiritual values, prosocial traits, and emotional skills.

For an example through classes about magic spells for example, children imagine they are light beams and deflect evil with good rather than cast curses on each other.  Another lesson includes examining human’s interconnectedness with all living things by exploring plants through the senses of touch, taste and smell.

Class ratios will not exceed 8 : 1.

And the really fun stuff….

Houses will come together in wizard tournament, House Awards, a House Feast, and of course, Quidditch – all designed to encourage collaboration and appreciation.

Program details:


  1.  Registration phone interview with YPSE staff.
  2.  5 sessions of 1.5 hrs (7.5)
  3.  Program evaluation form at completion.

Dates: 5 Sundays 4:00 – 5:30pm. January 29, ; February 5,12,19,26.

Location: 250 Beach Street@ the CVUF facility, Comox BC.

Head mistress:  Dominque McGrady (aka. Professor Acadia L’amour)

Program Fees: $20 for CVUF members,   $25 for non-CVUF members. Includes all course materials & snacks for children.

Costumes are encouraged !!

Clean your uniforms, grab your capes and find your hats & scarves.  Your going to need them. 

Other things you may want to bring:-

  • your wand
  • clean bottles for your magic potions
  • photos of the creatures that live with at your muggle home

Snacks and H2O will be provided. Please complete dietary restrictions in the registration form.

The Hogwarts faculty


Dumbledore says

Happiness can be found in the darkest times, if one remembers to turn on the light.

The wizardry instructors

Professor Acadia L’amour (aka. teacher Dominique McGrady) heads up Hogwarts here in the Comox Valley. in the muggle world  Dominque is a professional teacher and an experience educator volunteering regularly at YPSE. She is known for her work in teaching non-violence communication and is a certified  ‘Our Whole Lives Program’ facilitator for youth sexuality education programs.

The professor has chosen her faculty wisely. Included are…… TBC.

Overseeing the program and it’s delivery is Amanda Ridgway (aka. Minister of Magic), the Director of Spiritual Exploration for Young People at the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship for the last three years.  Her profession in the muggle world is Youth & Family Substance Use Counselor with the John Howard Society.

As the Minister of Magic, Ms Ridgway authorizes the Hogwarts program ensuring it is researched-based and in line with best practices, that the program fits with the vision, mission and organizational expectations of the Young People’s Spiritual Exploration program and that all staffing, facility and safety policies and procedures of YPSE-CVUF are followed during its delivery and evaluation.

Professor Acadia L’amour (aka. teacher Dominique McGrady) mixing an elixir in preparation of the first lesson.

In her muggle life Dominique is a professional teacher.

Attending to your child's safety

YPSE staff and key volunteers working with children have Vulnerable Sector clearances and are outstanding members of the organization. YPSE has strict safety practices.

Ready to register?

Express your interest in the program here. We will contact you.

Program design and delivery

The program is used across North America primarily by youth spiritual exploration programs attached to Unitarian Fellowships. It utilizes the story of Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School to create experiences grounded in these 7 key principles:

  • Each and every person is important.
  • All people should be treated fairly and kindly.
  • We should accept one another and keep on learning together.
  • Each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  • All persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  • We work for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  • We care for our planet earth, the home we share with all living things.

These 7 common principles join diverse people from all backgrounds and belief-systems together, transcending differences to live inspired values-driven lives.

Program developer, Jessica Gray, has been working in professional spiritual education since 2004. Jessica enjoys bringing creative dramatics into her work, having recently completed her PhD in theatre at Louisiana State University. She has directed Hogwarts program for ten years and recently developed a year-long Jedi Academy program.  Thousands of families have enjoyed the benefits of this program.

The greatest way we can create magic in our lives is by helping others, within and without our community, to recognize their individuals spirits. Jessica Gray - Program designer

Registering for Hogwarts

Registration process

Registration is open to anyone.

There is a limited number of spaces for this program to ensure an effective leader to participant ration and continued high quality in program delivery.  Participants will be selected in an effort to ensure the best fit for the group and for a healthy age and gender mix.

Interested families are encouraged to complete a YPSE Registration Form.

The YPSE Director will contact you and discuss your children’s details and the availability of spaces on the program.  If the program is full this will be highlighted at the very top of this page.

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