While the statues at the College of William and Mary don’t move and the portraits can’t speak, a wizarding school thought the college would be the right fit for a four-weekend camp in 2017.
Two years later, William and Mary said in a lawsuit it's out almost $70,000 after the company that held the wizarding school weekend camp didn’t pay its entire bill, according to court documents.
In the lawsuit filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court on May 16, the college has asked the court to order Learn Larp LLC to pay nearly $70,000 in unpaid bills and interest, as well as $20,000 in debt collection services and attorney’s fees.
The registered agent for Learn Larp LLC, Maury Elizabeth Brown, did not return a request for comment. The college referred all questions about the case to the state attorney general’s office.
“We will work with the school as our client agency to try to recover the money it is owed,” attorney general’s office spokesman Michael Kelly said in an email.
The lawsuit alleges Learn Larp entered into a contract with the college in February 2017 and agreed to pay the university for a four-week conference called “New World Magischola.”
Learn Larp sells tickets to its “New World Magischola” program as an “all-inclusive weekend wizard school vacation,” according to its website.
The program is an action role-playing event for adults that includes three nights stay, eight meals, a wizard or witches robe and a house tie, according to its website. The full price event ticket costs $695 before taxes, and only two tickets can be purchased per person.
The event appears to be similar to the fantasy novel series “Harry Potter.” Attendees complete story challenges in a race for the house trophy, according to the program’s website.
The suit alleges the wizarding school rented beds, linens and rooms in Dupont Hall and purchased food and “dance beverages” for four weeks from the college to the tune of $110,396.20 including late fees, according to the bill. The college discounted rooms and event space.
The college collected a management fee for the number of people who attended — 56 to 160 — according to exhibit B in the suit.
Between June 2017 and August 2018, Learn Larp paid the college $46,900 of what it owed, the suit said.
“New World Magischola” programs have occurred across the country, according to the program’s Facebook page. The first was the four-week conference at William and Mary. In the years since, the role-play event has visited California, New Jersey and Rhode Island, according to its Facebook page.
The college has waited for about 20 days for an answer to its complaint against the company in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.
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