7 reasons why university is better than Hogwarts


Everyone’s had those days at university when you wonder, why can’t I be magic? I mean, imagine being a witch or wizard and attending classes such as Divination and Care of Magical Creatures! But alas, here we are studying for degrees that perhaps aren’t quite a match for magic. However, there are some pretty sound reasons why university is, and always will be, better than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hear me out…

1. You don’t have to be invited to apply

First and foremost, at university you don’t have to be a certain type of person to attend university (i.e. a magic person) and you certainly don’t need to be invited by the institution to apply.

2. Or worry about a dark wizard ruining your uni life

A pretty obvious one, but at university you definitely don’t have to worry about Lord Voldemort springing up on campus. Maybe just that one lecturer you don’t like so much (and if they really have something against you, we recommend going to your university’s advice centre to seek help).

3. There are so many choices

Whilst there are only a few other wizarding schools, there is only one Hogwarts, which, in the grand scheme of things, seems pretty dull to me. University, however, is universal. You could go anywhere in the country, even the world!

4. And you don’t have decide between them when you’re only 11

That’s right, you get to be 17 or older when you make a decision on which university you wish to attend, rather than being shepherded in as an impressionable 11-year-old.

5. There’s no school uniform

The Hogwarts robe attire may seem fun in your head, but I think after a day or two you’d come to realise it is actually quite annoying, and, let’s be honest, ugly. At university, you can wear whatever you like and have complete freedom of expression. Plus, those graduation day robes are basically Hogwarts uniform, so you really get the best of both worlds.

6. You don’t have to be split into separate houses

At university there’s no categorisation of where you’re placed in society by a sorting hat, but instead you can choose where you want to end up. Most universities offer countless societies that you can join, allowing you to decide your own destiny. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a much better option than listening to some old hat.

7. The nightlife is better, wherever you go

The wizarding world isn’t exactly famous for its nightlife (with the exception of the Three Broomsticks for a dodgy pint), so if I were you, I would stick with your degree and quit fantasising about Hogwarts!

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