Luther College is my Hogwarts

            Hello, People of the Internet!

            So, I actually haven’t been at Luther for a while, because I’m currently at home for fall break. But in my absence, I have been thinking a lot about Luther and how magical it is.  I have also been reading the French translation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for my French class. And in doing these two things – thinking about Luther and reading Harry Potter – I have realized that Luther College and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are, in my opinion, remarkably similar. Granted, the majority of our students don’t have cool British accents or a knack for the supernatural, but some of the most charming and beloved aspects of Hogwarts can also be found at Luther. And that’s pretty fantastic.

            That’s why, for today’s post, I’m going to tell you five reasons why I think Luther College is like Hogwarts! So without further ado, here are my reasons:


            Reason Number 1: Luther’s campus is much like Hogwarts’s. The beautiful bluffs that surround our campus bear quite a resemblance to the forbidden forest around Harry’s school, especially when they are covered in thick morning mist. And while our forest might not be filled with centaurs, we do have plenty of deer and various flocks of crows that frequent the campus. In addition, certain buildings at Luther look much like Hogwarts castle, and we even have bells that chime on the hour that sound just like those in the third Harry Potter movie.

            Reason Number 2: In past years, Luther students have participated in a Quidditch league. Yes, that’s right, Luther students have played the most wizardly game ever invented. If that doesn’t remind you of Hogwarts, I don’t know what will. If you don’t believe me, read this article. I sincerely hope this tradition continues while I am at Luther.

            Reason Number 3: We have a secret tunnel. Okay, so it’s not exactly a secret, and it’s definitely not forbidden, but I like to think the Weasley twins would still approve. If you know where to look, there is a door in the Dahl Centennial Union that brings you to an underground passageway leading to the Center for Faith and Life. While I rarely have an actual need to use this tunnel, I occasionally take it just for fun.

            Reason Number 4: Downtown Decorah is much like Hogsmeade, the village outside of Hogwarts. Both towns feature great restaurants (Mabe’s Pizza is comparable to Harry’s favorite Three Broomsticks) and places to treat your sweet tooth (The Sugar Bowl’s ice cream could rival that of Honeydukes). Like Hogsmeade, downtown Decorah is an easy walking distance from the school, and both towns are full of interesting things to see and do.

            Reason Number 5: Luther’s atmosphere is absolutely magical! Everyone here is fantastically nice – people hold open doors for each other and say hello to people they’ve never met. The professors genuinely care about their students, and the students genuinely care about each other. For all these reasons, I find Luther to be a positively enchanting school.


So when I take the shuttle bus back to Luther today – my very own Hogwarts Express – it will be good to be back. While I had a wonderful break and will miss seeing my family, I can’t think of a school that would be a better Hogwarts for me.  Luther has me spellbound.

And on that note, I will bid you adieu!

Have a marvelous week!

This is a picture of a doe I saw in front of Main the other day. I was greatly reminded of a certain Hogwarts professor's patronus charm.
This is Brandt Dormitory, looking very Hogwarts-y and picturesque

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  • October 24 2014 at 10:53 am
    Deb (Bryngelson - when I attended Luther) Eschweiler
    I loved your article about Luther College. It's always been a magical place for me. I return several times a year. Your comparison to Hogwarts was nicely done!
  • October 24 2014 at 10:10 pm
    Jodi Wenner Nixon
    Luther Class of 2000....very well said! Luther is a magical place, however living in fourth floor Brandt is far from a castle😊! Enjoy these four years. Before you know it they are gone!
  • February 7 2018 at 7:37 am
    Tania Rodreguez

    To get admission to such a reputed college is not a big deal and moreover for the foreigners it is even big a task. Their degrees are required to be translated to easily understood language so that the college can understand their degree.

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