We’ve all gone through the Potter Mania, obsessing over Harry Potter books and movies, and debating over every minute detail like it was the most important thing in the universe. We’ve imagined living in Hogwarts, attending all those fun lessons and playing Quidditch. And, yes, we’ve spent hours and hours sorting ourselves into houses too, and practicing perfecting our O’s in Leviosa like Hermione. On Harry Potter’s birthday, we muse about all things Harry Potter, and over the possibility of a wizarding school in India. While J. K. Rowling hasn’t mentioned anything about it yet, we wonder what Hogwarts would be like if it was based in India. Here’s a list of some things that would be different in the school:
- Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would be renamed after a freedom fighter or politician, most probably Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Vidyalaya of Jaadugari.
- Hogwarts would be located in Nainital, the most famous destination for boarding schools. Visits would include Mall Road, and students would enjoy a glass or two of buttermilk at the tapri.
- The students would be divided into houses based on their caste. Four categories would not be sufficient.
- Instead of wands, students would need Sanju ki Magic Pencil.
- Subjects at the school would include subjects such as Sanskrit, Tantra, and Ayurveda taught by ‘highly skilled’ babajis.
- Cricket would replace Quidditch, and first years would be allowed only gully cricket. Match fixing would be quite common, one of the pros at it would be Professor Quirrell.
- Cackling maushis would assume the role of caretakers at the school. Instead of Mrs. Norris, Filch’s cat, stray dogs would keep a vigilant eye on the students.
The only thing that wouldn’t change is that it would still feel like home. So, happy 35th birthday, the Boy Who Lived, and to J.K. Rowling, the woman behind this brilliant series. Have a wonderful one!