Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'm a wizard who graduated from Hogwarts!

I've never read the Harry Potter books. Until now.

About a month ago all the Harry Potter references that kept coming up in my life overwhelmed me. So much so, I decided I needed to hop on the band wagon and read through the series. 

Then, Geez Louise and Always Ashten came up with this: 

And, I knew it was destiny. 

Plus, yesterday morning there was a big white owl in the street on the way to the gym. I'm sure it was Hedwig encouraging me to say my piece. 

It's been challenging. I guess with old age goes the imagination. 

PLEASE NOTE: I've only read the FIRST book. So, I'm not going to have everything "up to date" with the entire series being out (for almost a decade actually). 

Though I've always considered myself a Muggle, in reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone I've come to terms with the fact that I AM A WIZARD and I WENT TO COLLEGE AT HOGWARTS. I know, this sounds insane coming from a 24-year-old that's closer to having a child than to childhood itself. But, like all good writers, I've got my facts lined up for you as proof of my thesis. 



When I got my letter of acceptance to UCSD, it came complete with lists and lists of things I needed. Most of which seemed magical and amazing at the time, but as I came to realize the use of educational tools, they were just run of the mill for upper-level education wizardry. 


I had a professor who couldn't stand the fact that math wasn't my language just as much as English -like the actual language we speak, not the class where you read books- wasn't his (HELLO SNAPE) and eventually encouraged me to withdrawal from his class (which I did, so Un-Harry of me). 


There are mysterious areas on campus that exist but are not accessible to students like the underground tunnel system that runs throughout campus. (Hello, third floor corridor) 


UCSD is famous for it's groves. Rumor has it: Hagrid's cousin lives in the canyon that the groves grow through. 


Some of my T.A.s were two faced arch-nemesees who hosted the most demonic of educational routines (hello Quirrell and he-who-shall-not-be-named). 


By the way, you know who shall not be named at UCSD goes by the name: Organic Chemistry. And everyone gets the chance to meet him. Except me. 


Dumbledore goes by the name: Roger Tsien. Though he sounds purely mad in conversations, he happens to hold a Nobel Peace Prize. 


I was "sorted" into the house of Pi Beta Phi. Where beauty and brains abound. We're the Gryffindor of UCSD even as much as winning the Chapter of the Year (aka: House Championship Cup). 


At the close of each year (and then my college career) I relocated back home to live under the stairs in my parents' home. (Just kidding! No under-stair living, but I did really move home) 














I guess what this post mostly says is I AM A FAN. Despite being old and starting late in life, I'm a fan. And, that's fun. Now to finish the other six books and put together a weekend movie marathon. (see you all after Christmas, yeah?) 

For you doubters who don't believe me. EVEN URBAN DICTIONARY CALLS UCSD UC HOGWARTS

Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there... MUGGLE.

29 comments:

  1. thank goodness you finally started reading. I was afraid that we couldn't be friends anymore.

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  2. bahahaha this was great. oh my goodness, so glad you're on the bandwagon.

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  3. I love that you are just now reading the books... they never get old! I re-read them a few years ago when I was 21 and they were still just as good as the first time. Of course, us here in blog land will need regular progress updates as you read the books.

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  4. Yay! So glad you can share the magic with us. I agree with Kalyn on the updates about your reading.

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  5. hahaha I actually laughed out loud. This is genius. Also, can't believe you're only just reading the books now! Get ready for the ride of your life.

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  6. I am SO GLAD YOU GAVE IN!!! The Harry Potter books, I think, are better then Twilight

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  7. Love this! So great. Especially love being sorted into Pi Beta Phi, hehe (my local sorority came from there, so we're practically cousins or something). Exciting that you're finally reading the books!

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  8. I can't wait for you to read the rest of the books!!!

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  9. You need to read the books or our friendship will have to go on time out.

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  10. On a scale from one to quidditch, how excited were you that you gave in? lol!!!!!!!! SCORE!!!

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  11. So excited that you're reading the books!! It's totally worth it! Everyone calls my campus Hogwarts too, so I totally understand the feeling. I'm a wizard and I know.

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  12. Morgan@MyBetterHalfandMeOctober 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    You absolutely have to read the books and have a movie marathon!! And Organic Chemistry...ugh it was the reason I changed my major! Definitely the equivalent of Lord Voldemort

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  13. I was a later in life fan too. Now I'm a crazy fan!!!

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  14. I started to read the books when I was 8 and I truly believe Hagrid would come and take me to Hogwart when I would turn 10. Really !

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  15. I DON'T KNOW HOW I LIVED THIS LONG WITHOUT IT! But, now that it's here, I'm addicted. Thus, we shall be friends. Wizard friends.

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  16. On the bandwagon isn't even a big enough way to describe it.

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  17. There will DEFINITELY be updates... I didn't expect myself to get so excited over them, but I'm enjoying it because I have been bummed by what everyone else loves before (eh hemmm, Twilight movies)

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  18. I can't wait to watch the movies and compare! (because that's all I do when Hollywood makes books into movies)

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  19. I am gung-ho on the updates because Jason doesn't appreciate my excitement about the books (even though he's read them!) so I'll share in that excitement here! :)

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  20. I CAN'T BELIEVE I'VE LIVED THIS LONG WITHOUT TRYING THEM OUT! It's been weird knowing some of the stories and characters from growing up with the books despite not reading them! :)

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  21. O. CHEM. NEVER AGAIN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. FOR ANY REASON.

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  22. YAYYY for cousins and Greek sisters and understanding the way recruitment is like the nerves of waiting for the sorting hat! :)

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  23. Did it remind you so much of parts of your life?!? There are things in the book that I think I wouldn't have appreciated until adulthood! :)

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  24. I love this! I have pointed ears and I was convinced that I was one of Santa's elves and that I was going to have to leave my family. Every Christmas I'd get super nervous about him needing me to go with him!

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  25. I think I would have appreciated college SO MUCH MORE if I'd know it was so similar to Hogwarts! :)

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  26. I didn't start reading them till almost all the books were out. Better late than never. Glad you are a fan now too!!

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