Hogwarts’ spell-binding curriculum, including Care of Magical Creatures, Quidditch and Defence Against the Dark Arts, has earned Harry Potter’s school the number one spot in the Top On-Screen Schools of all time.
To mark the start of the new school year, Lovefilm asked more than 1,500 film fans to choose their favourite educational institutions from the big and small screen.
With a magical 45% of the votes, it seems film fans would love to run through that brick wall, catch a train from platform 9¾ and start a new term at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Second in the list is Rydell High (Grease), which is not only home to the bad boy T-Birds and the glamorous Pink Ladies – but arguably one of the most memorable sound tracks in film history (14% voted for it).
If only parents had read the brochure before sending their children to Sunnydale High (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) they would have realised it was located on a ‘Hellmouth’ – a portal between this reality and the next which means it is never a dull day at Sunnydale. Eleven per cent voted for Sunnydale.
With so many different cliques at school it is not hard to believe five kids can meet for the first time during Saturday detention, but it is not the usual place for secret revelations and deep self discovery – unless you go to Shermer High (The Breakfast Club) in fourth place with 8% of the votes.
Charming schemer Zack, athletic wrestler A.C Slater and high-pitched funny-man Screech made every teenage girl in the 90s want to attend Bayside High (Saved by the Bell), winning it 6% of the votes.
Having a teacher – and not just any teacher, but Jack Black – whose number one aim is to turn his young class into a legendary rock band is every student’s dream, making Horace Green (School of Rock) the coolest school at number six (5%).
They say ‘your school years are the best’ but at Padua Stadium High (10 Things I Hate About You) they just seem to consist of rebellion, bad-tempered adolescents and a lot of teenage angst – but the moral of the story is it all comes good in the end (4%).
High School Glee Clubs have a new found respect thanks to the students at Glee’s William McKinkley High (3%). Students worldwide can now embrace their inner ‘gleek’ without the fear of having their head flushed down the toilet.
At number nine is Westerberg High (Heathers); ruled by a group of malicious, trend-setting girls through intimidation and sex appeal the girls provoke their fellow students into unbelievable behaviour – where on earth were the teachers while all this was going on?
A lot of children dream of being famous and that dream was no different for four students at New York City High School for the Performing Arts (Fame) who have to juggle the pressures of making it big along with everyday teenage woes (1%).
Top ten on-screen schools:
- Hogwarts, Harry Potter Series (45%)
- Rydell High, Grease (14%)
- Sunnydale High, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (11%)
- Shermer High, The Breakfast Club (8%)
- Bayside High, Saved by the Bell (6%)
- Horace Green, School of Rock (5%)
- Padua Stadium High, 10 Things I Hate About You (4%)
- William McKinkley High, Glee (3%)
- Westerberg High, Heathers (2%)
- New York City High School for the Performing Arts, Fame (1%)