A dream I never thought would come true did last week. I went to Hogwarts.
Every year at the school where I teach, faculty and older students organize a welcoming party for the new first-year students. It’s called Imatrikulácie, and it has a different theme each year.
This year, it just happened to be Harry Potter-themed. I was in heaven.
As soon as we walked into the building that evening, we could see we were no longer in just some ordinary school. Marauder’s Map was on the front door, and young wizards were roaming the halls nervously before the ceremony began (It is described as a sort of hazing ritual — not the kind of hazing you hear about in college, of course — so my first-year students were a bit nervous.)
We solemnly swore that we were up to no good.
Usually, the new students are playfully teased and embarrassed. This year, the students were sent to the Sorting Hat and divided into their respective houses (it was at this moment that I wished I was them — I’ve always wanted to be sorted by the Sorting Hat!). They then went and sat with their houses in the Great Hall, and each team competed against the others in a set of games.
This is where the embarrassment came in. The games were a bit messy.
But the students were good sports, and they all cheered the others on, especially their teammates. The atmosphere (maybe it had something to do with the Harry Potter music playing, too) really felt like Hogwarts. And you could feel the camaraderie in the air so much it was almost tangible.
I think that’s the thing I always liked so much about Hogwarts, too.
The school was decorated in funny and meaningful Harry Potter quotes, and I’ll end this post with one of my favorites, as said by Sirius Black:
“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”