Deciding on the perfect school is hard. There are so many factors to consider. Does the school have a good sports team? How are the extracurriculars? What classes are offered? That is, unless it’s Hogwarts you’ve been formally invited to. If you ever do get that owl-delivered letter, go. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the ideal school. It comes second to none, wizarding world or otherwise.
Keep reading to see all the wonderful reasons why we agree with Hagrid and think Hogwarts really is “the finest school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world.”
The Campus Is Unrivaled
Let’s face it. When it comes to choosing a school, the biggest factor usually has nothing to do with academics. It’s location. A beautiful campus in the right location can be enough to draw many students to a school. And what school has a more beautiful campus and perfect location than Hogwarts? The seven-story castle located somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland is grand itself (with 142 changing staircases and many towers) and overlooks the Great Lake and Forbidden Forest. The surrounding grounds include multiple greenhouses, Hagrid’s charming hut, an owlery, and the Quidditch pitch.
If you somehow grow bored of the natural beauty and royal aesthetics, Hogsmeade Village is also available to third-year students and above. The quaint village is the nearest all-wizard town and is full of fun places for students to unwind, including the candy shop Honeydukes and Zonko’s Joke Shop.
Hogwarts Offers Exceptional Amenities and Facilities
The ideal school needs to feel like home, especially if you’re going to be living there. You’ll need to be well-fed and comfortable. These are two criteria that Hogwarts can easily handle.
Take its meal plan. Whether you’re looking for nutritional value or a few treats to satisfy midday cravings, no place has you covered better than Hogwarts. The Great Hall hosts not one, not two, but three homemade meals every day. Every feast is laid out at each table and will replenish itself, so there’s no need to even walk anywhere to fill your plate. On special occasions, expect extra gluttonous food like sweet-filled pumpkins alongside one hundred roast turkeys.
You’ll probably need somewhere to crash once you’ve finished each hearty meal. Why not lay down in your House’s common room? Here, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people who have the same values as you (the reason you were all sorted in the same house) and by décor that echo these virtues. Take the Gryffindor Common Room as an example. It’s covered in bold shades of red to match the brave students that dwell there. Plus it’s full of comfy couches and seating for chit-chatting around the fireplace or studying like a true Hermione.
Other unique facilities include an entire Hospital Wing, a place adequately equipped to heal a minor fraction or regrow bones entirely, as well as a library filled with tens of thousands of books. Of course, these are just the well-known places. Sneakier students can enjoy facilities off the beaten track like the Room of Requirement, a mysterious room that presents itself to students in need and offers what they need most — what other school has something like this?
Its Thorough Education Prepares You For Any Career
So far we’ve covered the bells and whistles of Hogwarts — the extras anyone would be swayed by — but let’s not forget that ever-important aspect of any educational institution: the curriculum.
The perfect school provides a comprehensive education, one that will lead to a fulfilling career. The best way we can examine a school on this merit is by looking at its alumni. Let’s consider the alumni of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. What did they achieve after school?
The list of successful past Hogwarts students seems endless but a few include Newt Scamander, Gilderoy Lockhart, and Merlin. Lockhart doesn’t seem like a good choice since he was eventually institutionalized, but before he accidentally cast a Memory Charm on himself, the man was the epitome of success. He was a prolific writer and top wizarding celebrity. Breaking into the writing world is no easy feat and proves his education as a Ravenclaw student was superb.
Meanwhile, Hufflepuff icon Newt Scamander graduated from Hogwarts and spent two years working in the Ministry of Magic. He then wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a foundational textbook for the study of magical creatures. He’s considered one of the leading experts in magizoology.
And then there’s Merlin who needs no introduction. The Slytherin is considered one of the greatest wizards of all time and even served in King Arthur’s court. As you can see, the education provided by the school leads to many great careers.
There Are Extracurriculars for Everyone
However, a dream school doesn’t just provide a rigorous education or nice hangout spots for lounging with friends. An ideal school offers enough extracurriculars so every student feels like they have a sport or club they can belong in.
Sporty students can join their House’s Quidditch team. Studious students with particular interests can join clubs that focus on subjects, like the Charms or Potions Clubs. Meanwhile, adrenaline seekers have two likely options: joining the Dueling Club or Dumbledore’s Army. Both will teach you how to fight in a real-world setting, but the latter definitely takes the cake for hands-on experience.
But not all wizards and witches need so much action. A few of us just want to cozy up and enjoy the company of others. For these students, consider the Knitting Club. Yes, the school even has a club for needlework.
Its Reputation Precedes It
Everyone dreams of attending a school that elicits admiration and respect. We all want to go to a school that’s considered the best of the best. Well, Hogwarts is one of the top schools in the world. As you know by now, it has an excellent education program and famous alumni, but it’s also been led by legendary headmasters, a prime reason it commands so much respect.
And there’s no other headmaster who inspires more respect and admiration than the esteemed Albus Dumbledore. He’s considered the greatest headmaster and wizard of all time to many and has the receipts to prove how incredible he was. A few titles he collected over his life include Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot and the Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards (similar to the United Nations).
But, more than any of these titles, you could tell how important of a figure he was during the rises of both Grindelwald and Voldemort. The world turned to him. In their darkest hours, the Hogwarts headmaster was the beacon of hope for countless people since many believed only he was capable of defeating both dark wizards.
Imagine attending a school run by this beloved and respected worldwide wizard. No other school would come close to it.
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