27 Reasons why Carleton is Basically Hogwarts

Christine Lyons is a fourth-year English student.


27 Reasons why Carleton is Basically Hogwarts

Christine Lyons is a fourth-year English student.

So we don’t have a castle. Or magic. We’re missing some key factors. But don’t let that deter you. Carleton’s basically Hogwarts.  Read on to find out exactly why we’re just as magical as Harry Potter.

We run to catch the train just like Harry and Ron.


Or we drive like this to get to campus on time.


We also take OC Transpo, where this is a common occurrence.

harry potter

Our campus is pretty nice to explore.


Unless you’re outside in an Ottawa winter.

. katie bell

We actually do have butterflies at our Butterfly Show.  (And spiders, too, I suppose.)

And we also have a living wall in River Building (though ours is less violent). 

devils snare

We have similar wall art in our tunnels.

tunnel art

As well as fashionable tunnel carts.


We even have Res Rats: residence students who never venture outside and live in the tunnels.


Mackenzie Building is just one big maze.


And we have a million stairs in Dunton Tower.  (Honestly, I counted.)

. stairs

Enjoying a drink at Mike’s Place.

mikes place

Or dancing away a Thirsty Thursday at Ollie’s.

. thirsty thursday 2

Your first meal at the Fresh Food Co.

ron eating

(Though this can sometimes happen, too.)

ron eating 2

We have a rivalry with Ottawa U.  And we always win.


We have an awesome Quidditch team, which also always wins.


We like to get information to you as often as we can too.


The typical textbook.


You’re always welcome to visit your professors during office hours.

office hours

Forgetting everything moments before your exam in the Raven’s Nest.


Then someone pulls the fire alarm during said exam at the Raven’s Nest.


Receiving an academic warning.

academic probation

Completing all the credits necessary for your degree.


Then graduating as a witch or wizard of Carleton University.


And the main reason why Carleton is basically Hogwarts…

Because 19 years later, we’re all still proud to say we’re graduates of CU.

19 years later

6 responses to “27 Reasons why Carleton is Basically Hogwarts”

  1. Courtney says:

    This is quite good.

    But Queen’s University has one that was narrated by J.K. Rowling’s cousin. 🙂

  2. Nick says:

    Almost everything on here could apply to any university, and you managed to do the whole thing with only 2 pictures that are actually of Carleton? Why is this a thing?

  3. Kassnina Ghazali says:

    I am proud to b a graduate of CU though it was 27 yrs ago.The fun adventure at CU are memoirs to b told to others.I am glad to see some changes n would like to see more.

  4. Mysterious Horse says:

    So I heard you have a balrog in your tunnels.

  5. Jen says:

    This applies to most universities. U of T is more like Hogwarts.

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