Ever since I was twelve years old, I always wanted to go to Hogwarts. Never mind the fact that I was twelve and wizards and witches have to be traditionally eleven years old to begin their magical education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Never mind the fact that I wasn’t British; I was American and therefore ineligible to go to Hogwarts.
But I didn’t care. Ever since I read the Harry Potter books when I was twelve years old, I wanted to go to Hogwarts. I dreamed about sneaking off into Hagrid’s hut in the evening and having some of his homemade rock cakes. I dreamed about going into the Forbidden Forest and meeting centaurs, unicorns, and Hagrid’s half brother Grawp. My dreams were filled with Dumbledore’s twinkling blue eyes, Snape’s snarky, sarcastic demeanor, and catching the snitch in a fantastic game of Quidditch. I dreamed about what I would do if I had an invisibility cloak like Harry, or what I would see if I were to ever look in the Mirror of Erised. I thought about Hogwarts Castle so much that it gradually grew to a long, deep ache. It was an ache for something that I knew that I could never have.
7 Reasons Why I Always Wanted To Go To Hogwarts
The first reason has got to be the magic. I love the magic in the Harry Potter books. You won’t believe the number of times I have wished that I could do a magic spell. I would love to be able to say Wingardium Leviosa and make something fly. I would love to be able to use the Summoning Charm (Accio!) and summon a book or a plate of food. Speaking of food, wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to use your wand and enchant the knives to chop onions (no tears!) and mix a batch of cookie batter. It would mean that I would be as efficient at multitasking as I can get. Imagine how much I would be able to accomplishing if I had magic to help me do two or three things at once.
The Sorting Hat
Another reason that I have always wanted to go to Hogwarts is the Sorting Hat. Other schools don’t have a magical hat that can sort you into your house. Other schools don’t have a magical hat that can talk and even help you to summon the sword of Godric Gryffindor. I always dreamed about sitting on a rickety old stool, having the big, old, raggedly Sorting Hat placed on my head, and waiting for the voice to announce which house I belong. But on second thought, I do hope that the Sorting Hat is able to magically clean or repel bugs, such as lice. I mean, considering the fact that every student who passes through Hogwarts has worn the hat, it’s definitely not the cleanest one. So, we will just have to assume that the Sorting Hat can magically clean itself. It is Hogwarts after all.
The Mirror of Erised
Ahh… when Harry Potter first looked into the Mirror of Erised, he saw his deepest desire which was that of his parents and extended family (save the Dursleys) surrounding him. I would love to come across the Mirror of Erised randomly on a dark night while wandering the corridors of Hogwarts. To think that there is a magical mirror which can reflect what we want so desperately is truly amazing. But I would be afraid of spending too much time looking into this mirror. After all, as Dumbledore once said,
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
One of the best things about Harry Potter’s third year of Hogwarts was getting to go to Hogsmeade, which is an all wizarding village. Of course, technically, Harry Potter wasn’t allowed there because the Dursleys never signed the permission form, so he had to sneak into the Hogsmeade using his Invisibility Cloak and secret passageways of Hogwarts. But still, I’d want to go to Hogsmeade on the weekends and check out Zonkos to buy as many sweets as my arms can carry. I am just dying to try the Chocolate Frogs, because I love chocolate. I also want to try Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks. But I think I’d pass on the Every Flavor Beans because I wouldn’t want an ear wax or booger flavored one. That’s just too much for me.
Sending Letters By Owl
In the Harry Potter world, Harry Potter and co. send letters by owl. I have always wanted to send letters by owl, or receive a letter by owl. I think it is amazing that instead of employing humans and the postal service, they use owls. I used to dream about having my own pet owl, which resembled Hedwig, funnily enough, and then sending it off to deliver an owl. Though of course, I wouldn’t fancy receiving a Howler.
The Room of Requirement
I think the best thing about Hogwarts is the Room of Requirement. Harry Potter used the Room of Requirement in his fifth year of Hogwarts to have DA (Dumbledore’s Army) meetings with his peers. The room would just transform when they needed it to, and voila, it became a room to practice defensive magic in. I think it would be pretty awesome to run across a stretch of wall a few times, wish as hard as I can, and then watch as a door appeared, becoming the thing that I desperately wanted or needed. So, if I needed to use a bathroom or if I was hungry, then I could expect to find a room filled with chamber pots (as Dumbledore did once!) or a room filled with the most delectable cakes and cupcakes you could possibly imagine.
Out of all of Dumbledore’s possessions, the one that I would want to use is the Pensieve. The Pensieve is a magical bowl in which you can put your thoughts. This means that you can later examine your thoughts to help you find deeper connections and meaning. Sometimes it’s just not enough to be able to think your thoughts. Sometimes the best thinking can be done when you can visualize it, or experience it again. I wouldn’t mind experiencing a good memory again, wouldn’t you? Though, as with the Mirror of Erised, the consequence of that is forgetting to live in the moment.
I have always wanted to go to Hogwarts. Even though I know that there most likely wasn’t sure a thing, I can still dream. I can still dream about Hogwarts, putting on the Sorting Hat, looking into the Mirror of Erised, and visiting Hogsmeade. I can dream about drinking butterbeer, flying on a broomstick, donning an Invisibility Cloak, chatting with the house elves, and visiting Gringotts Bank and Diagon Alley. There are so many things that I would love to have been able to do had I been born as a witch in the Harry Potter world.
But I wasn’t. I am clearly a mere muggle (non-magic person), But, I can still create my own magic. And I think that is the greatest thing of all.