One of my favorite aspects of Harry Potter is Hogwarts. Any school student can connect to the
setting because there's always teachers: eccentric teachers, caring teachers, the everyone's-
favorite-teacher teachers, strict teachers who always assign you loads of homework even though there's something important coming up, and teachers who'll hate you no matter what you seem to do (very very rarely though).
(Hogwarts Staff image via link)
And our school has a team system. It's very similar to the four houses in Hogwarts except we don't get sorted in on our first day and we get randomly placed so it doesn't matter at all. What makes it fun is that some of our teachers care and instead of calling them teams, they call them houses. :D
Oh, and then there's the endless social drama that we have to try earnestly block out because it's nearly impossible to get back out when we're pulled into it. Not good.
Definitely more exciting than the drama are the classes. Learning our subjects is a bit different than learning Hogwart's subjects, because umm Harry's subjects are...magical. Writing an essay about the toxins in soap for Chemistry is not like writing up an essay on the purposes and benefits of a bezoar for Snape's Potion class, but the classes can get similar (or *cough* you can pretend they're similar if you're a
desperate Harry Potter fan).
Last year my friend and I while thoroughly discussing how similar our school was to Hogwarts in Chemistry class compared our teachers to Hogwarts' teachers, and our classes to Harry's classes (because you know, it's important to learn the skills of comparing and contrasting!)
When we compared classes we saw that:
Chemistry = Potions.
US History = History of Magic
English = Charms (the comparison is a stretch but both classes are fun and we learn vocabulary and latin prefixes from both of them!)
Biology = Herbology
Personal Fitness = Quidditch class from the first book
Math = Arithmancy
Astronomy = Astronomy :D
Defense Against the Dark Arts was left out of the list unfortunately, because it's a bit too magical, unless you count Personal Fitness as DADA because you're definitely learning how to defend yourself sometimes (learning how to run quicker is part of defending yourself)...
And there's also Transfiguration but there's no hope at all with finding a class we can equate it with.
So yes, if you ignore DADA and Transfiguration, you'll see that there's not many differences between we learn and what Harry and his classmates learn or between our schools and Hogwarts (except the fact that Hogwarts is a boarding school
and it's not real ). YEAH.
Who's your favorite Hogwarts teacher and what's the one class you would like to
if you got the chance to go there? My favorite teacher is McGonagall. I think she and I would've
gotten along splendidly...maybe. My favorite class probably would've been Charms though, or
maybe DADA? :D