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In Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry almost all students have their own pets like owls, cats, toads, etc. I understand that students need owls for communication, but is it necessary that all the students must have a pet of their own?

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Witches, Familiars, yea, that's probably just something a muggle like you wouldn't grok. –  cde Jun 26 '14 at 4:56
So Kevin outed himself as a muggle. I thought you were one of us : ( –  Meat Trademark Jun 26 '14 at 5:18
@cde They wouldn't grep your sentence either... ;) –  Tobias Wärre Jun 26 '14 at 5:30
@MeatTrademark i dont like to be a muggle either –  Kevin The Knight Jun 26 '14 at 5:35
"Almost all"? As far as I can remember, 50% of the Gryffindors in Harry's year are never mentioned as having pets (Parvati, Lavender, Dean and Seamus), and Hermione only got hers in their third year. Fred and George are never mentioned as having pets, Ginny didn't get one until her fifth (Harry's sixth and last) year at Hogwarts. Not anywhere near as much detail on the other Houses, though we know Cho Chang didn't own an owl (though may have had a cat, I doubt she'd have a toad). –  Anthony Grist Jun 26 '14 at 9:05

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The exact wording in the Hogwarts letter is

Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad

Philosopher’s Stone, chapter 5, Diagon Alley

Note “may”, not “must”. For example, Hermione doesn’t have a pet until the third year.

Most students also won’t have their own owl. The school owlery has a set of owls that anybody can use for post, or there’s the post office in Hogsmeade which is accessible to the older students.

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"Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad" - Ron takes a rat. Typical Ron. –  Dr R Dizzle Jun 26 '14 at 7:38
And at the end of the movie, you see one of the kids carry around a ferret in a cage. They likely get to do this because of the leverage one of the kid's parents has on the school. –  Thomas Jacobs Jun 26 '14 at 8:16
@DrRDizzle: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/15989 Why was Ron Weasley permitted to bring a rat to Hogwarts? –  b_jonas Jun 26 '14 at 8:20
Great question, @b_jonas. –  Thebluefish Jun 26 '14 at 15:36
@ThomasJacobs - they likely get to do this because of moviemakers playing loose and fast with canon. Fixed that for you. –  DVK Jun 26 '14 at 20:39

I would guess no, because Hermione does not have a pet in the first two years.

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