Jul  2011 18
If Phillips were Hogwarts

Ever since my then 10 year old son Zach introduced Cheri and me to the 3rd Harry Potter book on a long car ride, Cheri and I have been fans. After reading that book aloud in the car, we read the second, then the first, then pre-ordered every subsequent book. We’ve watched most of the movies within days of opening (without capes and wizard hats—we’re such Muggles). Although we’ve not yet seen the final movie, that wrong will be righted by week’s end. 

I am not the first seminary-type to wish I attended, taught at, or was the headmaster at a seminary that resembles Hogwarts. A super-cool building full of secrets, ghosts, rules to keep you alive while you learn dangerous skills, character, and lore. A faculty comprised of expert practitioners who know the history, know their discipline, and when duty calls outside the walls of schools are adept in response (right, except for the string of inept or nefarious Defense Against the Dark Arts instructors). Great respect in the wizarding world for the school and its importance in shaping their culture and institutions. And seven years to work with students, in residential community, building teams and relationships to last a lifetime, with a fantastic library full of wondrous and even dangerous sources of knowledge, teaching a great deal about courage and choices and off-the-books learning and how to think. Deep soulful formation, not just the transmission of information.

Hmm. Well, in reading back through what I wrote, except for the fact that no one could confuse 901 N. Mingo Road with Hogwarts, and I don’t know when I’ve seen faculty teach in academic robes, there might be some similarities—if one uses a little imagination.

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