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13 Shockingly Surprising Places That Look Like Hogwarts

13 Places That Look Like Hogwarts
We're guessing that you are still waiting for your owl to get the Hogwarts letter. Don't worry, we've got some good news. Now you can fulfill your Harry Potter fantasies by visiting these places that look very much like our own Hogwarts. In this Vacayholics article, we have listed a few colleges and universities that will give you the feeling of being in Hogwarts. Check 'em out!
Vacayholics Staff
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2018
"The castle is a stronghold of ancient magic."
― Albus Dumbledore
Another year went by and you still haven't received your acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, right? Looks like your owl has lost its way. Oh, we know you've dreamed of studying there like a million times now. Most of us have! Don't worry, we've come across many Muggle colleges in the world that will definitely give you the feeling of being in Hogwarts. What's more? Some colleges and universities even have their own Harry Potter clubs and courses, and even on-the-ground Quidditch! It just can't get better than this, can it?

Whoever said Muggles can't go to Hogwarts surely hasn't seen these spectacular places that resemble it quite a lot! Take a look at these amazing places, and start packing your bags right away!
Colleges and Universities
Hogwarts is a large, seven-storey high building that is supported by magic. It has many towers and deep dungeons, with moving staircases. The buildings that we will be talking about in the sections below are obviously not supported by magic, but can surely give you an impression of studying in one. Let's check out which of them have gone close to looking like Hogwarts.
All Souls College, Oxford University
All Souls College
All Souls College
This is one college that has a striking resemblance to Hogwarts. How, you ask? That's because some of the scenes in Harry Potter movies were actually shot at Oxford, which explains the similarity between the two. No wonder you get a very Hogwarts-y feeling when you take a walk through this college.
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Georgetown University
Georgetown University
Dining with books around, seriously? Sounds too good to be true, isn't it? But it surely exists. This is another university that surely resembles the castle-like structure of Hogwarts. You can find yourself reading and dining among the rows of books in the Riggs Library of this college.
King's College, University of Cambridge
Kings College
King's College
This is another place that will give you a Hogwarts-y feeling, especially the dining hall inside. Oh, we can almost imagine Harry and Ron opening the gifts (jumpers) sent by Mrs. Weasley. Does it ring any bells?
Christ Church College, University of Oxford
Christ Church College
Christ Church College
The Great Hall
The Great Hall
University Church, St. Mary the Virgin
University Church, St. Mary the Virgin
The Great Hall that you see in the picture above is also the inspiration behind the Great Hall in the Harry Potter movies. The college itself looks like the castle that we see in the movies. You will also come across the grounds and stone staircase where Professor McGonagall welcomes the first-year students in the first movie of this series. This college has also been an inspiration for Lewis Caroll, based on which he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Indeed a magical place, isn't it?

The University Church, St. Mary the Virgin, with English Gothic architecture will remind you of the wizardry school. It is the largest of Oxford's parish churches, and also the place from where the University of Oxford came into being.
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
The law school of the University of Michigan is yet another place where you can not only study in wizard-like atmosphere, but even play Quidditch! Didn't we mention earlier that you can play Quidditch too? There's a Michigan Quidditch team as well, and the wins are celebrated in the North Quad Dining Hall. The players, of course, play on the ground, but the main goal remains catching the Golden Snitch.
Suzzallo Library, University of Washington
Suzzallo Library
Suzzallo Library
The graduate reading room at Suzzallo library makes you feel like as if you are sitting in the reading room in the movie. Why? Because it was the place where some scenes from the movie were filmed. It is also nicknamed as the 'Harry Potter Library'.
University of Chicago
For all those who want to know what it is like to be living in Hogwarts, the University of Chicago is the one, with some Gothic appearance! It has a beautiful and striking castle-like architecture, with the Hutchinson Hall made after Christ Church in Oxford, which was shown in the Harry Potter films too.
Cornell University, New York
The appearance as well as the Risley Dining Room of Cornell University definitely provides the Hogwarts atmosphere. Not to forget the cherry on the cake, i.e., this college hosts a special dinner called 'Night at Hogwarts' for its students every year.
Kenyon College, Ohio
This is the oldest college in Ohio, and you can even play Quidditch here! The Pierce Hall here gives you a feeling of stepping into the Great Hall at Hogwarts. There are so many trees here, that it may feel like you are in the Forbidden Forest. Seeing the Bexley Hall reminds you of the Gryffindor dorms. Just make sure you don't forget your dormitory password!
Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
The students of this college will surely be proud of their Hogwarts-esque campus, with cloisters and halls with Gothic architecture. They too have an actual Quidditch team, and the dining hall has flags hanging along the windows just like they were in the movies. Moreover, the mascot of this school is an owl. We're sure this is something that Harry Potter would be proud of!
Other Places
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle, situated in Northumberland, England, was the location that was used for Hogwarts Castle in the movies. Don't be surprised if we tell you that it offers wizardry and broomstick 'flight' training too! Now, we definitely can't wait to get there!
Basilica of Brussels
Basilica of Brussels
Basilica of Brussels
This is yet another place that kind-of replicates the Great Hall. What are you waiting for? The Sorting Ceremony is about to begin!
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
The cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral looks like the place where some serious dueling took place.
Special Mention
Platform Nine and Three Quarters at King's Cross Station, London
Platform Nine and Three Quarters at King's Cross Station, London
Platform Nine and Three Quarters at King's Cross Station, London
We can't conclude this article without a special mention of Platform 9¾ here, since this is where the journey to Hogwarts starts. Yes, if you venture into King's Cross Station in London, you will find a sign that actually reads 'Platform 9¾'. Well, you can try catching the train to Hogwarts by walking through if you want, but let us warn you, you'll probably end up bumping into the wall.
Now we know where J.K. Rowling got inspiration for Hogwarts from! Assume you've packed your bags by now, because we can't wait to experience the magical atmosphere of these places. Hope to see you at Hogwarts soon!
Historical Steam Train is crossing the Glenfiann Viaduct
Harry Potter
Alnwick Castle