Category:Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was founded over a thousand years ago by four friends. These four gave their names to the houses to which enrolled students are sorted upon their arrival: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

School Traditions

The school's motto is "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" (never tickle a sleeping dragon).

The school's coat of arms bears the animals representing the four Houses - a lion (Gryffindor), an eagle (Ravenclaw), a badger (Hufflepuff) and a snake (Slytherin) - surrounding a large 'H'.

Hogwarts Song

The Hogwarts Song is the school's somewhat wacky anthem. The last time it was seen being sung within canon was in Harry Potter's first year (PS7).

The song's lyrics are as follows:

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts
Teach us something, please
Whether we be old and bald
Or young with scabby knees
Our heads could do with filling
With some interesting stuff
For now they're bare and full of air
Dead flies and bits of fluff
So teach us things worth knowing
Bring back what we've forgot
Just do your best, we'll do the rest
And learn until our brains all rot!

The song has no specific tune; rather, the students are encouraged to select a tune they like.

The song also makes an appearance in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Rubeus Hagrid are singing it when Harry Potter discovers the body of Barty Crouch, Sr..

Acceptance and Transportation

Young witches and wizards receive letters inviting them to the school after their eleventh birthday. In the Muggle-borns case, however, special messengers are sent to talk to their parents and tell them about the school and the wizarding world (WBD).

Every year, when the term begins (September 1st), they must take the Hogwarts Express train at Platform 9 and 3/4, in King's Cross Station. The train stops at the Hogsmeade Station; carriages driven by Thestrals take the students to the main castle.

Academics

Students attend Hogwarts for seven years; they take yearly exams, plus standardised OWLs in their fifth year and NEWTs in their seventh.

Classes offered include Transfiguration, Potions, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Astronomy and Charms; and students above their third year can choose between Arithmancy, Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures, Divination and Muggle Studies.

Student Positions

The school offers the rank of Prefect to fifth-year students; two seventh-years of undisputed excellence are yearly chosen as Head Students.

Sports

Quidditch is an important part of Hogwarts students' life. There are four House teams competing for the Quidditch Cup.

Staff

The school's teaching body is comprised of a Headmaster, a Deputy Headmaster, and one (or two) teachers for every subject.

For a brief while, as depicted in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts was under the direct control of the Ministry of Magic, which named Dolores Umbridge as High Inquisitor. Her powers outranked those of anyone else in the school, especially after Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster, fled. Normality was restored soon afterwards.

Location and Geography

Hogwarts is located somewhere in Scotland. The village of Hogsmeade is in walking distance.

The Hogwarts grounds are enormous, and include the Forbidden Forest, the Great Lake, the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch, the gamekeeper's hut, and the main castle.

Muggles cannot see the school: it is bewitched so as when Muggles look at it, there's no castle but ruins with a sign that says "KEEP OUT, DANGEROUS BUILDING" (WBD).

Trivia

Hogwarts is one of the three schools that traditionally participate in the Triwizard Tournament, along with Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. The edition of the Tournament narrated in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire took place in the British school.

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