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Published on September 5th, 2014 | by Andrea Liu


Fictional Schools We’d Love To Attend

It’s September, which means it’s back to school season!

As students flock back to their classes, lets take a look at some fictional educational institutions that we’d love to attend.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry

The #1 spot has to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Every year, hopeful eleven-year-olds wait in anticipation for their letter of acceptance (delivered by Owl Post of course). Located in Scotland, Hogwarts features a loch called the Black Lake, a large Forbidden Forest, a full-sized Quidditch pitch and, have we mentioned the magnificent feasts? Whether you’re sorted into Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, all students will surely have the chance to learn a variety of skills; from Potions to Charms, and who can forget Defence Against the Dark Arts, homework will never be boring.

For more on Hogwarts, be sure to read the complete Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling and published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Arthur A. Levine Books (US).


Vampire Academy - Book OneSt. Vladimir’s Academy

Calling all Moroi and Dhampir guardians-in-training! Classes are now starting at St. Vladimir’s Academy. Moroi, the “good” vampires, have special abilities such as compulsion and with classes like Basics of Elemental Control, Moroi students will learn how to master one of the elements: air, fire, earth, water, or spirit if they are particularly talented. On the other hand, Dhampirs, who are half-Moroi and half-human/Dhampir, don’t have elemental abilities. Instead, they have superhuman strength and act as bodyguards for the Moroi. Lessons in Bodyguard Theory and Personal Protection and Advanced Guardian Combat Techniques ensure that the Dhampirs are well-trained to protect the Moroi against the deadly Strigoi (the “bad” vampires).

Want to learn more about St. Vladimir’s Academy? Check out the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Published by Razorbill.


Hex Hall - Book OneHex Hall

Prodigium children aged twelve to seventeen find their ‘home away from home’ at Hecate Hall (or more commonly known as Hex Hall). Described as a mix of something out of an old horror movie and Disney World’s Haunted Mansion, Hex Hall is a sort-of reform school for the Prodigium (witches/warlocks, werewolves/shifters, and faeries) and home to ghosts, spirits, and the occasional vampire. The teachers are quirky and there are plenty of chances for students to test out their fighting and defensive skills.

To read more about Hex Hall, check out Hex HallDemonglass, Spell Bound, and School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins. Published by Hyperion Books.



Finishing 1 - Etiquette and Espionage

Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality

This Finishing Academy is unique to say the least. Ingenious young girls have the opportunity to learn all of the finer things in life: art, dance, dress, etiquette, and how to do a proper curtsey. But there’s a bit more to this school than what meets the eye, after all, the academy is located in a giant dirigible floating in the sky. Mademoiselle Geraldine ensures that her girls are provided with a well-rounded education; with lessons in the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries, these young ladies are sure to be accomplished indeed.

To learn more about this spunky steampunk academy, be sure to check out Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies and Conspiracies, and Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


House of Night 1 - MarkedThe House of Night

The House of Night is a finishing school for fledgling vampyres. Four class ranks (Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Former) take a fledgling from freshman status to their senior year where they (hopefully) transition into an adult vampyre. With classes such as Vampyre Sociology 101 and Intro to Tae Kwan Do, fledglings have every opportunity to train and learn everything about their kind. Maybe if you’re lucky, the Goddess Nyx will appear and bestow upon you special powers and abilities. With Houses of Night all around the world such as the Chicago House of Night, the Paris House of Night and even one in Frankfurt (Haus der Nacht), fledgling vampyres are sure to be well-prepared to undergo the Change… that is, if they can survive until then.

For more on the House of Night, check out the House of Night series (books 1-4 and 5-8) written by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast and published by St. Martin’s Press.


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About the Author

Andrea Liu is a reader, blogger and all-around digital content enthusiast. You can usually find her skulking around the pages and sleuthing between the lines looking for the next best read. Currently working in digital production at Harlequin.

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