Friday, April 29, 2011

Whirlwind Week Part 2, Or...

Why I Really Want My Son to Attend Notre Dame

It’s no secret on this blog that I’m a Harry Potter enthusiast. Okay, I’m a Potterhead. While waiting for books 5 through 7 to be released I searched HP sites, theorized, and discussed HP with online and offline friends. It was an obsession to be sure. One that I often miss now that the series is complete. I’d often joke that I could relate almost anything to Harry’s Wizarding World. Kind of like a Six Degrees of Harry Potter game. Even when I turned on the Royal Wedding this morning and the cameras panned the guests, my first thought was, “I wonder if Jo Rowling was invited,” and searched for a Luna-inspired Gryffindor hat.

Part II of my whirlwind week involved a long 15 hour road trip to Notre Dame University. After being home for 1 day from D.C. I got in the car with my husband and son and we drove to South Bend. We toured the gorgeous campus the next day, then returned home on the third.

Our tour guide explained that there are two cafeterias on campus, South Dining Hall and North Dining Hall. She said it’s rumored that students prefer South because it was inspired by Christ Church hall in Oxford; the hall that was replicated for The Great Hall scenes in the Harry Potter films. Huhwhat!? This was when my ears perked up. Notre Dame has held HP themed dinners in which the tables were arranged in long rows like The Great Hall.

We were given discount tickets to eat lunch in either hall after the tour was over. What a no brainer! I had to eat in South. And while it looked like a big room with pretty windows, lots of tables, and ordinary students eating off of plastic trays, I could easily imagine 4 long house tables with hundreds of kids dressed in wizarding robes and drinking pumpkin juice. I'd be sitting with the Hufflepuffs in case you were wondering.

I have no idea where my son will attend college, there are many schools on the list, but for a while it was fun fantasizing about taking a class and rooting for the Irish.


  1. Potterhead. Yep. I still find myself comparing everything in my life the HP. Gotta love what that kid did for my life. You must be heaven having eaten there. Fun!

    I see you're reading "Across the Universe". I'm reading it to my hubby. I hope you'll review it here.

  2. We had a blast! It was a killer busy week so I'm starting "Across the Universe" tonight. How sweet that you're reading it to your hubby :)

  3. Hooray for Pottermaniacs everywhere.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today. I'm glad you found me. And yes, libraries are a wonderful place in which to write!

    Best wishes,
    Michael Gettel-Gilmartin

  4. Welcome, Michael! You have a great blog and I enjoyed reading your query over at Matt's. I love my library. It's my home away from home.

  5. Wow, how cool! I'd love to visit that school. The whole place must be breathtaking. I didn't know that about their cafeteria. How fabulous!