"Wizard" Teacher Transforms His Middle School Classroom Into A Magical Harry Potter Wonderland


Photo Credit: Kyle Hubler

At the beginning of each school year, students rush to their new classrooms to see what exciting surprise is in store for them. Some are greeted with a new class pet while others encounter a reading nook furnished with comfortable bean bags or couches. This year, Oregon educator Kyle Hubler took the first-day thrill to a whole new level by transforming his classroom into a mini Hogwarts, complete with wands, (fake) owls and costumes!

Hubler, who teaches seventh and eighth graders at Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, first introduced Harry Potter-themed elements in his classroom last year. The students loved it so much that when he was allocated a new class for the 2017-2018 school year, the “wizard” educator decided to go all out and make it a Harry Potter wonderland.

Photo Credit: Kyle Hubler

The decorations include banners for all four Hogwarts houses, a sorting hat, leather-bound books, quill pens, Quidditch balls, “flying” brooms and even a Platform 9 ¾ sign that greets students at the entrance. The creative teacher has also built a replica of a section of Ollivanders Wand Shop and acquired a Pensieve, similar to the one used by Professor Albus Dumbledore to review specific memories and teach the young wizard in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the series.

Some of the memorabilia are from Hubler’s own collection and the rest, bought with his own money, from hardware stores, garage sales, and online marketplaces. It took the math and learning strategies teacher, who has been an avid fan of the book series since he was in middle school, 70 hours over the course of five weeks, to make his vision a reality.

Photo Credit: Kyle Hubler

But it was well worth the time and effort. On the first day of class, the students reacted as he had hoped. “I heard audible gasps and saw jaws drop to the floor,” Hubler said. “They were scrambling around the room to inspect every little detail and were excitedly showing their peers what they discovered.”

When asked why he went to such lengths for his students, Hubler said, “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. 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 kids dream. I want my students to feel like they can achieve their dreams as well, no matter how big or magical.”

Photo Credit: Kyle Hubler

Not surprisingly, the photos of the incredible classroom are making headlines everywhere, earning the young “wizard” teacher much-deserved accolades. Though thrilled at the public response, Hubler did not do it to achieve fame, saying, “I really love what I do, and I love the students I get to work with. I want them to feel like my class is a place they are excited about going to and have fun learning.” We have a feeling that he has not just made learning fun for his own students but kids everywhere!

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  • amers
    amersTuesday, July 21, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    I'm A HUGE Harry Potter fan. I'm actually on the fifth book right now. This would be cool if my teacher did this! We would just walk into the classroom and go CRAZY with our wands.(if we had them LOL.) Anyways it would be SUPER COOL!!!!! # Harry Potter fan!😁
    • wdwuniversal
      wdwuniversalSunday, June 28, 2020 at 3:07 pm
      When we go back to school, I think I need that kind of classroom. We all need a good welcome back after covid so we can get away from quarentine! Who here is a Harry Potter fan?
      • c0okie
        c0okieThursday, June 11, 2020 at 8:03 am
        Me in that classroom: What spells are we learning today? Teacher: None. We're learning math.
        • wdwuniversal
          wdwuniversalSunday, June 28, 2020 at 3:04 pm
          And they say school is fun.
        • effie302
          effie302Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:58 am
          I love the Harry Potter movie series so funny!!!
          • katelynswims
            katelynswimsMonday, August 3, 2020 at 6:26 am
            they are not supposed to be funny tho they are action movies not comedy
          • iamgood
            iamgoodWednesday, June 10, 2020 at 5:21 pm
            Wow, I wish I was here! I love harry potter
            • bookfan2008
              bookfan2008Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 4:29 pm
              Wow!!I would want to be in that classroom!
              • lovebooks123
                lovebooks123Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm
                I want to do that so bad in the classroom next year
                • ginny3weasley
                  ginny3weasleyThursday, May 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm
                  I wish i could be at that school in that class but i not :(
                  • legendofzelda
                    legendofzeldaWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:47 am
                    • legendofzelda
                      legendofzeldaWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:46 am
                      And my favorite is Draco if not Hagrid 🕺🕴👍