Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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[edit] Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Hogwarts is a school of magic, founded in Scotland by Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin.

[edit] Location

Hogwarts is located in Scotland, near the village of Hogsmeade.

[edit] First Year Arrival

First Year's arrive on the Hogwarts Express with the rest of the student body. However, upon arriving in Hogsmeade the two groups diverge. Years Two through Seven take the carriages to the castle while the First Years go with Rubeus Hagrid to the Black Lake. There the students are seated in self propelling boats which take them across the lake to Hogwarts. Upon arriving at Hogwarts the students are taken to the Great Hall where the rest of the student body are seated awaiting their arrival. They enter and the Sorting Ceremony begins whereby the students are sorted into one of the four Houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. The Sorting Ceremony is conducted by the Sorting Hat which sings a celebratory or warning song before being placed upon the head of each individual First Year in turn. The Hat's magical powers grant it the ability to see into the mind of the students and based on character traits, personality and the individual wish of the student assigns the pupil a House. From there the pupil sits at the appropriate House table and when all the students have been sorted the Headmaster of Headmistress will welcome them all and issue the usual warnings about not entering the Forbidden Forest or breaking the rules. The Feast begins and the Hogwarts academic year begins proper.

[edit] Hogwarts Houses

[edit] Gryffindor

Gryffindor house values bravery and loyalty, and was founded by Godric Gryffindor, one of the four Hogwarts founders. The house ghost is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, generally known (to his displeasure) as Nearly-Headless Nick. It's house colours are red and gold and its mascot is a lion. The common room can be found behind the portrait of The Fat Lady and can only be accessed by giving her the correct password. The password changes regularly and is sometimes reflective of current holidays or circumstances. The Head of House is the Transfiguration professor, Minerva McGonagall.

See also Gryffindor House

[edit] Hufflepuff

Hufflepuff House crest

One of the four Hogwarts Houses named after Helga Huffepuff. Hufflepuff House values loyalty and friendship. The house ghost is the Fat Friar. It's house colours are yellow and black and its mascot is a badger. The common room is the only one not seen in the books. The Head of House is the Herbology professor, Pomona Sprout.

See also Hufflepuff House

[edit] Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw house was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw. The house colours are blue and bronze and the mascot is an eagle. Ravenclaw values intelligence and wit. The head of Ravenclaw house is Filius Flitwick, who is also the teacher of Charms at Hogwarts. The house ghost is the Grey Lady, who's actual name is Helena Ravenclaw, the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw.

See also Ravenclaw House

[edit] Slytherin

Slytherin House crest

One of the four Hogwarts Houses named after Salazar Slytherin. Slytherin House values ambition and resourcefulness, as well as purity of blood.. The house ghost is the Bloody Baron. It's house colours are green and silver and its mascot is a lion. The common room can be found behind a bare, damp stone wall down near the dungeons which opens when you give the password. The password changes regularly and seems to reflect their values. The one time we hear the password it is Pure Blood. The Common Room appears to be under the lake with rough stone walls and ceiling and lit with green lamps. The Head of House is the Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Severus Snape. Another Head of House is Horace Slughorn.

See also Slytherin House.

[edit] Headmaster and Headmistresses

  • Unidentified First Headmaster: {Early 11th century}
  • Professor Eoessa Sakndenberg: {Before 1503}
  • Professor Amberose Swott: {Late Tudor Period}
  • Professor Dilys Derwent: {1741—1768}
  • Professor Phineas Nigellus Black: {before 1926}
  • Professor Newton Scamander: {early 20th century} [1]
  • Professor Armando Dippet: {early 20th century— 1956}
  • Professor Albus Dumbledore: {1956—8 May, 1993} {30 May, 1993—April, 1996} {17 June, 1996—June, 1997}
  • Professor Minerva McGonagall: {8 May, 1993—30 May, 1993} {June, 1997—1 September, 1997} {2 May, 1998—Early 21st century}

[edit] Terms and Holidays

[edit] Classes and their Professors

  • Flying
    • Rolanda Hooch (maybe before) 1991- ?

[edit] Support Staff

[edit] Grading and Exams

For fifth years they have O.W.L's (Ordinary Wizarding Level) and for students who pass O.W.L's, they move on to N.E.W.T's (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test)

[edit] Hogwarts Students

Students that attend Hogwarts are either pure blood, half blood or muggle born. They start attending the school at age eleven and usually finish school at seventeen or eighteen.

[edit] Life at Hogwarts

[edit] Quidditch League

Each House at Hogwarts puts together its own Quidditch team each year to compete for the Quidditch Cup. The Quidditch matches are very popular with the students.

See also: Gryffindor Quidditch Team, Slytherin Quidditch Team, Hufflepuff Quidditch Team and Ravenclaw Quidditch Team.

[edit] Hogwarts Secrets

[edit] The Chamber of Secrets

A hidden chamber under Hogwarts founded by Salazar Slytherin.

See also The Chamber of Secrets

[edit] The Room of Requirement

Also known as the Come and Go Room, the Room of Requirement is a hidden chamber at Hogwarts. It is always equipped for the seeker's needs, and only appears (at least to deliberate seekers) when walking past it three times, concentrating on the needs of the seeker. When apparent, the door to the Room of Requirement sits in a stretch of otherwise blank wall opposite a tapestry depicting Barnabas the Barmy's attempt to train trolls for the ballet.

See also The Room of Requirement

[edit] The Hogwarts Express

The Hogwarts Express is the scarlet steam engine that takes the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to Hogsmeade Station from King's Cross Station.

It can be found on platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross Station. The Express leaves pricisely at 11:00 AM on the first of September. It takes most of the day to reach Scotland, passing through towns/villages, hills, forests, fields, and over viaducts and bridges. The Hogwarts Express employs a "smiling, dimpled woman" who pushes a trolly of sweets including: Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands and more.

[edit] References

  1. J.K. Rowling FB 29