By Mandi Bierly
Updated January 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM EST

Image Credit: Jaap Buitendijk; Photodisc/Getty ImagesBecause cruise ships were an essential part of J.K. Rowling’s stories, Harry Potter fans can pretend they’re “Wizards at Sea” on an August cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. You pay for your cruise, and a $250 event fee, so this sounds like a private event aboard a vessel that will also be carrying Muggles. Brilliant. Mischief Managed, a professional ensemble of look-a-likes from the Harry Potter universe, have been hired to run the festivities, which will include, according to a release: “A Sorting Ceremony, Classes in Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts, Wizards Chess, Horcrux Hunt, Yule Ball, Quidditch Lessons on board taught by Harry, Cedric and the International Quidditch Association, Quidditch Match on land, Team Trivia Contest, Wizards Wheel of Fortune, Charity Auction, Vendors Room and Photo Shoot.” Events will only take place while the ship is at sea, never during port times (except for that Quidditch match, right?), so it’s really a question of how, when you’re not exploring stops in the Western Caribbean, you want to spend your time: Enjoying what the boat has to offer, or what the IQA does.

Has anyone ever done a theme cruise? I’ve only done one fan convention, a multi-day Buffy the Vampire Slayer event the year the show went off the air, and I suppose if money wasn’t an issue, it would have been nice to do it aboard the Freedom of the Seas instead of at the Friar Tuck Inn in the Catskills.

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