The “real Hogwarts” private school that inspired J.K. Rowling may actually be in Edinburgh, Scotland (and it may actually have four houses with headmasters and all), but there are some convincing reasons that point to Gonzaga as being the true Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
1.) The Jundt Castle & Lake Arthur
The Jundt Art Museum on campus resembles the Hogwarts castle from any angle (for a great view, visit the second floor of the gym). Put that together with Lake Arthur from this angle, which oddly resembles the view of the school we see for the first time in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Replace St. Al’s with the Jundt castle and you have yourself a Hogwarts! Imagine a clan of first years traveling by boat across Lake Arthur before orientation weekend. Think about it, O-core.
2.) These Professor look-alikes
Professor Randy Bennett (professor of Economics) is actually Albus Dumbledore…
3.) Because we have a quidditch team…
Pictured: Talena Kelln
You may not know that we actually have a quidditch team on campus which has been in the making for three years by our very own Harry Potter club. Currently, the team only plays one or two schools a year as a recreational sport, but the World Cup has not been totally ruled out yet as a future prospect. Take that, Malfoy!
4.) Our coat of arms on the University crest
Our coat of arms just so “happens” to be very similar colors to the Gryffindor House crest with a lion in the same position. Coincidence? I think not…
5.) Third Floor College Hall
If you climb up to the third floor of College Hall on the staircase closest to Desmet Circle, you will find the “forbidden wing” of Gonzaga. You will also not be able to find any of your other classes, since it’s a dead end. You may even run into Mrs. Norris!
6.) We have a Harry Potter class.
YOU HEARD ME! Ok so they wouldn’t offer this at Hogwarts, but it still brings us closer to the world of witchcraft and wizardry. The class is called Sociology of Literature (295) and falls under Sociology “Special Topics”. Unfortunately, it’s not offered every semester, but what better way to spend your class time than talking about the meaning of good versus evil, injustice within the system, and the power of love!
These are just a few of the reasons that leads to the conclusion that Gonzaga is actually a real Hogwarts. We would love to hear any more additions you have come across!