On Wednesday at 4:35 p.m., a local high school senior embarked on a Swarthmore admissions tour, completely unaware that he had arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Friends and family confirmed that Matt Hughes, 17, a lifelong Harry Potter fan, had no idea that Swarthmore College was an exact duplicate of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts.
Sources confirm that at 4:37 p.m., Hughes had begun to taste the magic that was in store for him. Staring dreamily over at Clothier Bell tower and the Tarble student center, Hughes marveled at Swarthmore’s castle-like design, which — despite the fact that dozens of other universities employ gothic architecture — he found reminiscent of the fictional Hogwarts Castle.
The tour continued towards Sharples dining hall, a building that did not remind Hughes of any sort of fantasy whatsoever.
“Sharples is the site of many of Swarthmore’s most exciting traditions,” said the guide, for the 15th time this month. “In December, Sharples hosts the Yule Ball, a Harry Potter-themed formal that features a Potter cover band, chocolate frogs, and hundreds of students who’ve realized that they don’t know how to interact without a BAC over .20.”