The Hogwarts Syndrome

Published on Nov 15, 2020

I was listening to a Hogwarts themed playlist the other day, when I stumbled upon a few comments in the form of "If Hogwarts were a real school, I'd love studying". 

"Oh man, I wish," I told myself. But like every subject, patience and hard work would be required. Even a wizard needs to study extensively to wave her wand. Seven years, if I remember well. It takes almost as long to become a doctor. The majority of people don't go past high school, so I doubt most people would even graduate Hogwarts, let alone get admitted.

We already have sorcery, it's called science, art, and craftsmanship. It doesn't even take seven years to become somewhat skilled at all three. We can build worlds, affect the lives of real people, make or fix anything, and gather in like-minded communities.

I'm not even exaggerating. People like Galileo were accused of heresy for their superior understanding of Nature, and I'm sure showing modern technology to someone from the Middle Ages would get you straight to a witch trial.

The real problem lies in our perception of education, and what we make of it. 

Mathematics, biology, and physics let you understand and alter reality itself. History gives you the ability to travel back in time to change the present and the future. Literature allows you to shapeshift. 

And these topics are only a tiny portion of the world's knowledge. We have yet much to learn and discover, surely far better things than anything that could come out from J.K. Rowling's mind.