This week felt devilish at first because it was a free week, meaning I could pick any topic my heart desired. Having free reign is usually a bit more daunting than having a guideline, but as I was sitting on the couch trying to think of what topic to pick it hit me. We as readers are always saying how much we'd like to go to Hogwarts. Why not a list of the top 10 fictional schools I'd attend?
10. Crunchem Hall Primary School (Matilda by Roald Dahl)
Primary school was not all that bad, from what I remember. This school sounds like it would be a wonderful place to go to learn as an ordinary child, provided that you attended after Ms. Trunchbull had been removed from the premises.
9. Ouran Academy (Ouran High School Host Club)
It might be a tough time dealing with all of the privileged people that go here, but with the Host Club there to take awake the tedium, it might be worth it.
8. Jedi Academy (Star Wars)
I doubt I'd be very good at using a lightsaber, but I'd like to learn how to use the Force. I bet there'd be a lot of travel opportunities upon graduation.
7. Coal Hill Secondary School (Doctor Who)
Going to school here greatly increases your chances of running into the Doctor. Granted this might mean that there are monsters or an evil plot afoot, but if you impress him he might invite you along for a journey in the TARDIS.
6. Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined (The Paper Magician Trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg)
Ceony Twill might not think that paper magic is all that special when she is bonded to it at the beginning of the story, but I think it would be an awesome power to learn. I would be fine with that as my talent. Anyone who's ever read Read or Die or Read or Dream knows there's a whole world out there for paper benders.
5. Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (X-men)
If you get to go here, even if you aren't a member of the X-men, the fact that you were invited means you've got some kind of power. A power would be awesome! As mentioned above, I'd love paper manipulation, but there are so many more that would be cool: electricity, super speed, ice, etc. I'm not sure I could choose (which, as a student here, you wouldn't really be able to do anyway).
4. Neptune High (Veronica Mars)
Veronica Mars was a badass private eye and it would be exciting to be her friend, maybe a part of her inner crew that helps her solve mysteries. This is a regular school, so to speak, but with all the intrigue around these halls there would never be a dull day.
3. Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy (The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman)
If I didn't want to go all the way back to high school, why not attend college? Early enough on in the experience and it's more or less just like high school except by that point you don't care as much about silly things like stereotypes and dress codes (at least, I didn't). Brakebill's is talked about like it's the school Harry Potter would go to if he went on to higher education. With it's proximity to my own house (same coast, close enough), I'd be making a break for it if I could figure out how to get accepted.
2. Unseen University (Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett)
This place has a library big enough to warp the fabric of space and time. Who wouldn't want to go here?
1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Dangerous as hell, sure, but another place with never a dull moment.
Hogwarts would have the bonus of being the magic school where the heroes of the wizarding world went, but it's still amazing, enormously cool even if Harry and his group of friends hadn't attended school here.
The meals, the staircases, Quidditch, the classes...can I get my letter already, please?
This bonus round is for people/places that I don't think really fit into the main list. In the bonus round, there are small groups that learn together, but don't really attend a school and private tutors that have only have a few students, maybe even only one.
The Little Palace (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
Merlin (Disney's The Sword and the Stone)
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