Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was chosen as the number one castle children most want to visit even though it doesn’t technically exist at all.
English Heritage, a non-profit organization who manages, and helps celebrate, historic buildings in England recently did a survey where they asked 1,000 children between the ages of six and sixteen to name their top ten castles they most wished to visit (if they could).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, over half of the answeres listed fictional castles, some of which include iconic Disney princess castles such as Cinderella’s castle. In a surprise twist, however, Hogwarts bypassed Cinderella’s castle as well as historical sites like the Windsor Castle and was voted number one.
Kate Mavor, chief execute of English Heritage, said that the reason why Hogwarts likes topped the list instead of the very-real castles children can actually visit is because of their exposure to castles on screen rather than in person.
“We are in danger of creating an ‘iCastle Generation’ of kids who have only ever seen a castle on a screen,” Mavor said. “Today’s children are increasingly likely to catch their first glimpse via TV or film rather than in real life.”
The survey seemed to backup Mavor’s comments, as it found that 60 percent of children’s earliest memories of castles were through their exposure to television, film, and books including Harry Potter, Cinderella, and Frozen. Though the children who voted for Hogwarts unfortunately can’t visit the real deal, they can see a very realistic Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
In the meantime, check out which castles – fictional and real – made the list!
Top ten castles children want to visit:
1. Hogwarts | Harry Potter
2. Cinderella’s Castle | Cinderella
3. Elsa’s Ice Palace | Frozen
4. Beast’s Castle | Beauty and the Beast
5. Edinburgh Castle | Edinburgh, Scotland
6. Castle Doom | Marvel Comic Books
7. Far Far Away Castle | Shrek
8. Windsor Castle | Berkshire, England
9. Dover Castle | Kent, England
10. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle | Sleeping Beauty
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