Nothing brightens up the mundane tasks of High School like a bit of magic. While it might seem like daily classes, a barrage of tests, and evenings spent studying are far removed from the engaging curriculum of Hogwarts, there are many parallels between the classes offered to an average Muggle and those of the Wizarding world. Envisioning your courses with a sprinkle of sorcery can make the world of Harry Potter seem that much closer.

Chemistry: Alchemy and Potions

Perhaps you won’t be transforming a lot of metals into gold in your Chemistry class, but there is a mesmerizing quality to some of the experiments found in lab. Ask your teacher to demonstrate burning magnesium wire, an exothermic reaction so dazzling that it is safest not to look directly at the light produced. With bubbling beakers and all sorts of acrid smells, Chemistry lab might awaken your inner Half-blooded Prince.

Biology: Herbology and Magical Creatures

Biology classes cover everything from botany to zoology, showing that interesting creatures are not limited to the world of Harry Potter. Biology allows you to learn about some of the more bizarre adaptations species have undertaken, such as the carnivorous plants that have evolved mechanisms to capture and consume prey, and to study the wide array of vertebrates and invertebrates that make up the animal kingdom. The forests of Hogwarts might be home to centaurs, giant spiders, and a host of gnomes, elves, and pixies, but the Muggle world is also full of fascinating species to discover.

World History: History of Magic and Muggle Studies

In the Wizarding world, Muggles are examined through a magical lens, and many Witches and Wizards are unfamiliar with the daily traditions and objects of Muggle life. Likewise, high school covers topics of people very different from today - eras of history where everything from clothing, food, language and medicine were radically different. Unlike many of the Pureblooded Hogwarts students, though, try to remain open-minded about other cultures and heritages. Our own world history is rich with inspiring legends, incredible feats, and people who have been memorialized throughout the ages.

Quidditch: Team Sports

Quidditch is the most popular sport of the Wizarding world. Flying on broomsticks, Witches and Wizards must skillfully pass the Quaffle among teammates, dodge Bludgers, and try to spot the golden Snitch. In the Muggle world there is no sport quite as daring, but there is no shortage of team activities that are offered at High Schools. Softball and baseball require agility and accuracy, the quick reflexes of a Quidditch Beater could be beneficial as a soccer goalie or football lineman, and the sharp eyes of a Seeker could be useful in the fast-paced back-and-forth of table tennis or racquetball. For those who truly want a Harry Potter inspired experience, consider starting or joining a local Quidditch team. Teams have been created worldwide, allowing Muggles of many ages to join together in the sport, and according to CBS News there are over 200 teams that have already formed in the United States alone!. Like in the Harry Potter novels, the game is co-ed, and players score points by throwing Quaffles through hoops, avoid Bludgers, and try to capture the snitch, which is fastened to a swift yellow-dressed player who attempts to evade players. Though the sport is grounded (at least until Muggles master flying), participating in Quidditch is great way for fans to unite.

While it is easy to lament the fact that Harry Potter is a work of fiction, our own lives need not be without a spark of magic. If you cannot venture to the Wizarding world, it is entirely possible to create your own spark of magic, bringing a taste of Hogwarts to you.

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