Avistrum is not a real school, and we do not really teach sorcery or magic. We are a group of fans and enthusiasts of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, and the movie adaptations made by Warner Bros. Our goal is to provide an imaginative environment where children (and adults) can explore the fictional world Rowling has created. We do not believe, as some people do, that the Harry Potter books are manuals for real witchcraft. We neither teach nor advocate witchcraft, the occult, or satanism. We do not believe that the morality or ethics imparted by the books are incompatible with the tenets of any major religion.
This website is an extension of work that we do at fantasy and science fiction conventions around the Denver area. We create an environment for imaginative play-acting, where children (and adults) can pretend to be students at a fictional school of magic similar to the Hogwarts school depicted in the Harry Potter books. We craft lessons where the students can participate in activities that simulate, as best as possible, the magical world of the books. We do use elements of the Harry Potter books and other literature, such as magic wands, incantations, runes, and fortune telling, but all of it in the same make-believe way that children already do. We also provide forums for online participation, which are open to users everywhere.
We take creating an environment that is safe and entertaining, for children and adults alike, very seriously. Our forums are monitored and moderated, and we encourage respect and tolerance along with imagination and enthusiasm. We collect only the bare minimum of information from registered users of our site – namely, an email address. All other information is optional. In compliance with COPPA, users under the age of 13 must have parental consent, in writing, to register for the forums. Email addresses are not public to other users. We do not sell email addresses to any third party. We may, from time to time, send emails to our users, including those under 13, notifying them of planned real-world activities or changes to the website.
We hope this answers the majority of your questions and concerns. If not, please contact us, and we will be happy to respond.