Tales of fantasy academia seduce me because they sound so much less drab than the plain, sterile and generally emotionless education that I received. Harry Potter’s teen opera is legitimized by the uniqueness—or is it imagery, or all of the above?—of the environment and the setting.
Some kids getting together in a library is pretty boring. Some kids getting together in a magic library with magic books is totally awesome.
They also allow for more interesting character appearances than actually occur in real life. I suppose that’s because you’d have to be a little mad to teach young magicians or alchemists or dragon riders, and ol’ third grade Mrs. Fleebe probably wouldn’t have sought such a position.
Magic brings peril to fantasy school settings much more than that grade school a bit down the street. There are no asylums or dungeons or anything of that sort at Capitol Hill Elementary, unless you count a teacher’s lounge buzzing under fluorescent lights. Much less prone to chemical fires and ogre attacks.