I Went To British Boarding School, And Yes, It's Actually A LOT Like "Harry Potter"
Writing this article was very Ravenclaw of me.
Hi, I'm Lizzy, and I spent my formative years at a British boarding school.
When Harry Potter first came out, I saw so many similarities to my school life that I wondered...am I, in fact, a witch?
For starters — and this is a big one — we actually wore cloaks.
Everyone was assigned to a house, and house colors were an integral part of the uniform.
We could only change out of our uniforms after 6 p.m. or on the weekends.
Interhouse sports were very competitive.
And if you got a Bludger to the face, there was indeed a mini-hospital in the school where you could get fixed up.
We were always surrounded by dramatic architecture.
And when your school building is hundreds of years old, there are most definitely ghosts.
The freezing temperatures and clunking pipes in the bathrooms always seemed particularly suspicious to me.
We spent a lot of time plotting ways to sneak out of bed at night without running into any teachers.
And there was a small woodland on the grounds for further shenanigans.
Our snacks may not have hopped around like Chocolate Frogs, but we did keep them in special little trunks called tuck boxes.
Speaking of pets — we could bring them to school.
When you were old enough, you were allowed to go out into town with your fellow boarders.
But the big social event of the year was a formal ball.
During the holidays, you kind of just sat around until you could go back and be with your friends again.
All in all, it was a pretty magical time that is hard to explain to the Muggles.
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