Celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday, DU Beat brings to you 11 ways through which you can access your own Hogwarts at the Delhi University and create your own magic!

Harry Potter has ruled the hearts and souls (refer: Hurcruxes) since we stepped into the Wizarding World through Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. Today, as we celebrate Harry’s 38th birth anniversary, we bring to you a few parallels that you could draw from the world of muggles and magic to the world of the University of Delhi (DU) and the lack of it. Here’s tracing your journey at Hogwarts through DU:

  1. The Sorting Hat or in our case, DU cut-offs
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The cut-offs act as a sorting hat (but in our case, they don’t really listen to us) as they sort us in different campuses and colleges.

  1. The Four Houses or in our case the different DU Campuses
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The sorting Hat, i.e., the cut-off’s divide us up in 4 separate houses:

Gryffindor: The South Campus Colleges

Slytherin: The North Campus Colleges

Hufflepuff: The East and Central Delhi Colleges

Ravenclaw: The West Delhi Colleges

  1. Dumbledore’s Army or dedicated society members
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The societies in every college are led by the man behind the show himself: Albus Dumbledore. (Meeting in secret spaces because the college rarely ever gives you space for your society/ lets you miss classes for meetings)

  1. Errol Weasley or the constantly  glitching DU website
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The Weasley’s loyal family owl is flown out to us in the form of the DU website, which never works during results or exams or pretty much ever.

  1. Dolores Umbridge or scary faculty members
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The professors’ and the principals’ reactions towards our self-proclaimed autonomy serve as a social manifestation of the most real villain in the series, Dolores Umbridge. (Read: I must not tell lies.)

  1. Rubeus Hagrid or in our case, college gatekeepers

Every college guard is Hagrid. Try sneaking into your college without an ID and you will see what we mean!

Image Credits – Harry Potter Wiki


  1. Argus Filch and Hostel wardens
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Argus Filch is every strict hostel warden ever who holds on to dear curfew as if it were oxygen. How dare you return at 8:01 p.m. when the in-time was 8!

  1. Norris (Filch’s Cat) and the one classmate who is the teacher’s pet
Image credits- Screenrat
Image credits- Screenrat


Every teacher’s pet ever is Filch’s Cat, ready to rat on us and score extra points with the professor. CR’s can sometimes be guilty of doing so.

  1. Voldemort and exams (they must not be named)
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The nose-less demon is socially manifested in our lives in the form of exams, with its Horcruxes leaching at our souls all year long through internals and practicals.

11. Howler or an angry phone call from parents

Image credits- Howler
Image credits- Howler


A call from angry parents is just like a howler, involving endless screaming, shouting, and embarrassed silence on our end as we get berated endlessly.

12. Hogsmeade aka Hudson Lane and Satya Niketan

Image Credits- Pottermore
Image Credits- Pottermore


Each Campus has its own Hogsmeade. North Campus has Hudson Lane, South Camus has Satya Niketan, and the off-campus colleges have their own few spots to go drink Butterbeer too!


Every year, the applications are out and the cut-offs release, DU receives its very own fresh batch of Wizards, ready to change the world in their own ways. And even though Hogwarts has no comparison and it never will, we can’t help but wonder if Hogwarts is only accessible through Platform Nine and Three Quarters or do we really create our magic, even if it is in the Muggle world.


Feature Image Credits:  Cnet

Muskan Sethi

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Approaching closer to its centenary anniversary, Indraprastha College for Women hosted its 93rd College Day on 8th February 2016. The oldest women’s college in University of Delhi celebrated the occasion in its traditional way. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India, along with the distinguished alumna Dr. Aruna Broota, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi.

The event started with the lighting of the lamp and a soulful musical rendition by Alaap, the Indian Music Society. It was followed by the welcome address by the Chairman of the Governing Body. Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal of IP College presented the principal’s report, succeeded by speeches by the Guests. While Shri Rijiju shared anecdotes from his time at University of Delhi as a student and motivated the students towards being responsible Indian citizens, Dr. Broota shared her experiences from and memories of her college days and how IP College’s essence would always define her. This was followed by the Prize Distribution ceremony with awards being given for the Outstanding Student of the College, All-Round Excellence, College Excellence and Principal’s Honour Roll. Students pursuing Masters and Bachelors courses were encouraged for topping their streams along with scholarships to some. All Society activities were praised and the best student from each society was felicitated. The achievements of the non-staff and staff members were also appreciated.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Sanchita Makar, President of the Students’ union and everyone paying their respects to the National Anthem. The gathering then moved to the college field for lunch, thereby bringing the day‘s celebrations to a fitting end.

Image credits: Dr. Anil Vardani