Big news in the movie world last week: J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be turned into a series of movies.
This is good news for Harry Potter fans, but it also means there’s a whole new franchise of magic and wizards for college students to compare their schools to.
For those who’ve read through many of the College Prowler guides, you’ll notice that students often make the claim that their school inspired Harry Potter. Are these urban legends or is there some merit to these theories? You decide.
Here are 8 schools that may have been inspired Harry Potter:
According to students at this school in Glenside, Pa., the Grey Towers Castle may or may not have inspired the castles you see in the Harry Potter films.
In a student editorial on Rhodes’ Facilities page, a student remarks: “Step onto campus, and it feels like England. Actually, it feels like a scene from Harry Potter, which is why many students jokingly call Rhodes ‘Hogwarts.’”
Looking at “The Rat” dining hall, and this statement is hard to argue!
Imagine if Harry Potter took place in Northern California, with Spanish missionary architecture, and Hogwarts may have looked like this. The student overview in the Berkeley Campus Housing section observes that the “Harry Potter-style dining hall offer(s) the Ivy rejects some consolation.”
This review from Bowdoin College talks about the “house” system.
Sounds like someone didn’t even need a sorting hat!
What do you think?
According to the student editorial on Northwestern’s Facilities page: “Legend has it that J.K. Rowling got her inspiration for Harry Potter from walking the halls of Deering Library.”
Are there Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors at Yale?
The title of this South Campus dining hall photo says it all: “We go to Hogwarts!”
What do you think? If you had to pick one school to be THE school that inspired Harry Potter, which one would it be and why?