Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Real Inspiration Behind Hogwarts!

You may not expect to find connections between JK Rowling's witchcraft books and a Southern Baptist university, and what I've discovered may startle you. Baylor Law School is the real inspiration for Harry Potter's alma mater, Hogwarts! A stupendous claim, I know, but I offer the following points for those in doubt:

1. Baylor Law, like Hogwarts, has its own castle near a body of water.

2. 1Q Legal Research is taught by one Prof. Quarles. The equivalent Hogwarts class, Defense Against the Dark Arts, is taught by a Prof. Quirrles. A mere change in spelling!

3. The phrase "Ten Points from Gryffindor!" was actually coined by Baylor Prof. Jim Underwood, who still holds the original copyright.

4. The Hogwarts grounds are inhabited by mystical creatures. This is a clear reference to the Baylor Law grounds and its well documented Serr Bear population.

5. The Hogwarts headmaster speaks with the portraits of past headmasters to gain advice. Everyone at Baylor Law knows that Dean Toben talks to the portraits of past Deans after the library closes at night. Why else are they on the same floor as his office?

6. Alan Rickman was selected to play Severus Snape only after Prof. William Jeremy Counseller turned down the job.

7. Some Hogwarts professors had been teaching there for almost a century. Baylor contracts Prof. Larry Bates has this record beat by almost three decades.

7. Hogwarts students strictly avoid interacting with muggles. Obviously Rowling observed the relationship between Baylor law students and undergrads.

8. The game of quiddich is a very thinly veiled reference to Baylor's world-class intramural basketball teams.

9. Sorting Hat? Moot Court break? No further explanation needed.


Diana said...

Expecto awesomeness! Bravo! Also, I think it crucial to point out the uncanny similarities of the Hogwarts dining hall to Brooks College dining hall...coincidence? I THINK NOT.

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