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To clarify, what is your name and where are you from (if you are comfortable)?
My name is Chris Wellmann. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. I currently live in Westfield, IN with my wife Briana and our son Liam.
How did you start reading / watching the Harry Potter series?
At the beginning of our relationship, my wife Briana tried to get me to watch movies. At first I kept fighting back because I thought they were only for kids. I finally gave in a few years ago. I didn’t like the first one, but I got my way and was reluctant to watch her because it meant so much to her. It wasn’t until the Order of the Phoenix that I started to really like them, and with the last one, they were by far my all-time favorite. Fast forward to today and I’ve seen all 8 about 26 times … lol. We read the books in our spare time.
Can you explain in fresh words what your plans and the basis of your project are?
We’re dedicating half of the 20 acres we live on to a Harry Potter home school for children at risk. We call it Spellcasters. Our foundation, The Patronus Foundation, will oversee / manage everything. We will also be homeschooling our children here. We’re building the Great Hall, the Gryffindor Tower, Hagrid’s Hut, the Great Lake, the Forbidden Forest, and more, albeit in a scaled-down version. On the weekends when the students are gone we will do an AIRBNB to fund this project.
My wife and I plan to do much of the work ourselves and then work with other companies when we can’t do things. If someone is interested in helping in any way they can (a digital rendering is next on our list, but also things like landscaping, construction – whether it’s an expert at a particular stage of construction (foundation, frame, plumber, electrical, HVAC, Landscaping, flooring, interior design, painting, paneling, etc. – we have a construction company on the line, but if someone is an expert in one or more phases, or works for a company that is and wants – either donate the service or for a discount do, that would be great), the wizard express bus that picks up the children / brings them home, pack them up individually or simply help out as a helper (setting up / managing the Quidditch field, helping dig the big lake (more like a pond), trees in the cut down the forbidden forest, lay / compress stones for the driveway), work at school (we have a licensed teacher who is a friend and we work together n with Briana and me it will be) the main educators but we could use other teachers and a couple of assistants), build an owl that can be attached to the bottom of a drone to deliver the letters of admission, website design, administration / Editing our YouTube channel (we will film / document this project), volunteering, donations, suggestions, etc.) please send me an email to [email protected] There is still a lot of work ahead of this great trip. Join our team. Thank you very much!
I started a company in 2002 and always had the goal of getting it to the point where someone else could run it so that I could spend more time on my passions (e.g. helping kids spend more time with family , Play sports, buy / manage land). / build a house, have livestock, learn more about the world, etc.). Around 2018 I got to this point with my company and started planning / executing these passions with my wife Briana. We bought 20 acres in Westfield, IN and started executing our plan. We built a house, pool and tennis / basketball court (for us and the students) and will have lots of other fun activities around the property we called Godric’s Hollow. We should start building spellcasters in a few months, with the aim of having them ready in spring 2022 and of course opening on September 1, 2022. Four children at risk will receive their letter by owl (drone). The school week ends on Friday at 4pm and we are planning to run an AIRBNB on some weekends to fund this project. If successful, we plan to build more across the country and hopefully worldwide.
According to your plans, it will be about 1,200 square feet in total, right?
The school has a square footage of around 1,500. The great hall is about 46’x20 ‘(920 sq ft), the Gryffindor Tower is about 450 sq ft (hexagonal two-story tower, each floor is 4.5 feet in diameter, the hallway connecting them is about 3 feet long by 8 feet wide (sq ft), the bathroom is approximately 2.40 x 2.50 m.
Do you have any plans on how to decorate the interior?
My wife Briana loves to decorate and has a phenomenal attention to detail. She will do most of the work, but we would appreciate any suggestions / ideas. In general, it will look similar to the inside of the Great Hall / Gryffindor Tower.
How many students would you like to invite to your school?
We accept 4 children to start and then add more as time, space, resources, etc. permit.
Can you tell a little more about what it means to you to take on a project like this and why you decided to incorporate a Hogwarts theme? What was your inspiration
It means the world to me to take on this project. That’s why I’ve worked so hard for two decades to get to this point. I want to wake up excited every day and know that I can help create a better world. We named our foundation The Patronus Foundation because we want to help protect and educate children at risk. For whatever reason and through no fault of their own, they have neither the resources nor the guidance, nor do they live in the positive environments that children need to grow up to be happy, productive members of society.
What’s your favorite Harry Potter book / movie? What is your hogwarts house
Deathly Hallows 2. I love them all of course, but this one brings them all together and good triumphs over evil as it should always be. It shows how much hard work and sacrifice it takes to achieve something for the common good. My house is Gryffindor and Brianas is Ravenclaw.