Hogwarts: A History

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Hogwarts: A History is a very well-known book which tells briefly the history of Hogwarts. Despite several scolds from Hermione Granger, who seems to be quite fond of the book, Harry nor Ron ever laid hands on the book nor plan to (PA9, GF11, GF28) . The book has more than a thousand pages (GF15).

Hogwarts, A History contains many useful information about the school students may never get to know if they have never read the book. The reason the ceiling from the Great Hall looks like the sky is because it was bewitched to look like it, not because it's open (PS7). Muggles can't see Hogwarts; it's concealed from them. If one of them were to look at the school, they would only see a run down old building with a sign that says, "DANGER, DO NOT ENTER, UNSAFE" (GF11). During the Triwizard Tournament that took place at Hogwarts in 1972, all three champions were injured when a cockatrice they were supposed to catch went on a rampage (GF15). The book even includes information about the Chamber of Secrets, the supposed chamber hidden by the rest of the founders by Salazar Slytherin, where a terrible monster lived in (CS9). Muggle electricty doesn't work in Hogwarts Grounds -- there's too much magic in the air (GF28). It is impossible to Apparate inside the grounds (PA9, OP23).

However, Hermione pointed out that there is a lack of certain things in Hogwarts: A History; she is indignant when she finds out that there are a great number of house-elves working in the kitchens, a fact the the book does not mention. She claimed that the book ought to be called "A Revised History of Hogwarts," or "A Highly Biased and Selective History of Hogwarts, Which Glosses Over the Nastier Aspects of the School" (GF15).

Also according to Hogwarts: A History, the Founders used to belive that girls were more trustworthy than boys, and bewitched the stairs leading to the girls dormitories to become a stone slide. The girls, however, have free acess to the boys dormitories. Hermione says it is an "old-fashioned rule" (OP17).

Although Hermione couldn't bring the book to school on her second year, due to the amount of Lockhart's books packed in her trunk (CS9) she took Hogwarts: A History with her on her journey with Harry and Ron to find the Horcruxes (DH6).


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