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As you can see from the Marauder's Map (seen in the end credits of "Prisoner of Azkaban") certain elements of the student body are clearly up to naughtiness. That being said, the creator of the end-credits is adamant that they're not having sex. "Maybe it was meant to be Harry, but we've all been kids, we've all been in school and stuff ... It was just ...


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I don't think he chose "Dumbledore" as his password. He was an accomplished double agent, and would have chosen a suitable password that would avoid arousing suspicion from either side. There are a few potential explanations: It wasn't the password at all We know from Order of the Phoenix that the gargoyle controlling access to the Headmaster's office has ...


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The books mainly focus on Harry, Ron, and Hermione (with occasional dalliances towards other students, primarily when they interact with the main trio). They don't really pair up much with anyone in the series. Hermione's daliance with Victor Krum isn't implied to be sexual, just romantic, and takes place largely off-screen. Harry doesn't pursue anything ...


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Out of universe, the answer is - as it usually is - that JKR is bad at maths. She likely didn't consider the kind of workload or number of lessons that would be required for there to only be a single teacher per subject. However, let's see if we can make it work in-universe. You stated in the question that there are seven years split between four Houses, ...


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You can always fit in a Hogwart House. The houses don't put you where you have your best traits, but what traits you value more. That's why Hermione and Neville were put in Griffindor, for example: Hermione would be more a Ravenclaw and Neville a Hufflepuff, but both of them valued bravery more than anything else. Not being wise or intelligent is not a "NO" ...


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There are lots of fantasy works where sex is totally ignored, just because it's something natural that has nothing to do with the main argument. The same way, authors usually don't explain you when their heroes go to the restroom and how much time they spend there. The fact that HP novels are set on a college with lots of teenagers could seem like an excuse ...


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There's no evidence that the library was badly organised. In every instance when students need information on a specific, known subject, they're able to easily find the book(s) they need on that topic. The issue in Philosopher's Stone is that the problem they're trying to solve isn't one that any system of classifying or organising books would assist in ...


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I doubt there's any single reason, but if pressed for a one-sentence summary I'd say that, on the balance, Malfoy's Hogwarts experience wasn't actually very positive. At the very least, it wouldn't have felt that way to him. His last two years were quite difficult His sixth year was an intensely stressful experience, which at one point led him to break ...


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The "Werewolves" in the Forest are Actually Highly Intelligent Regular Wolves This is from the Pottermore entry on werewolves: One curious feature of the condition is that if two werewolves meet and mate at the full moon (a highly unlikely contingency which is known to have occurred only twice) the result of the mating will be wolf cubs which ...


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Rowling was asked this question about Fred and George: http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=65 Why didn't Fred and George notice Peter Pettigrew on the Marauder's Map before ("Prisoner of Azkaban")? It would not have mattered if they had. Unless somebody was very familiar with the story of Sirius Black (and after all, Sirius was not ...


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JKR's tweets are usually inspired from some form of intoxication. Her tweets are not to be considered Primary Canon especially when they seem completely facetious, and completely contradict the books. She is a real person first, and an author second or third (she is also a mother (might be 2nd who knows)) so statements that seem funny, and don’t correlate ...


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In general it is not allowed but finally it comes down to who is running the school. Dumbledore was against it: Professor Umbridge seized Marietta, pulled her round to face her and began shaking her very hard. A split second later Dumbledore was on his feet, his wand raised; Kingsley started forwards and Umbridge leapt back from Marietta, waving her ...


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The evidence points that there were no restrictions or preventative spells keeping people from flying into and out of Hogwarts till year 6. Addition - ‘There are all sorts of enchantments on it, to stop people entering by stealth. You can’t just Apparate in here.And I’d like to see the disguise that could fool those Dementors. They’re guarding ...


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Hagrid was employed as Gamekeeper and Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts (even when he became a professor, he retained these jobs). If you are a non-British guy, you might have trouble understanding these designations. From Wikipedia page of Gamekeeper: A gamekeeper (often abbreviated to keeper) is a person who manages an area of countryside to make ...


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Dumbledore was known to have failed to stand up to his friend. We don't really know about that when Dumbledore makes his speech, but hind sight makes this quote resonate all the more. Dumbledore raised his hand. The room gradually fell silent. "There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up ...


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I don't think it's really as complicated as some of the other answers (and comments) suggest. The British, by and large, consider the secular celebration of Christmas to be part of their cultural tradition; the fact that some people celebrate it as a religious holiday has always been perfectly acceptable, of course, but was not traditionally considered a ...


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Hogwarts is their home. The kids are (mostly) protected by being told to keep away from the animals. Many of the creatures in question considered Hogwarts to be their home, just as much as any of the children did. "What are you doing in our Forest?" bellowed the hard-faced grey centaur Harry and Hermione had seen on their last trip into the Forest. "Why ...


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Parents can send letters by normal post. “You didn’t think it was such a freak’s school when you wrote to the head- master and begged him to take you.” Petunia turned scarlet. “Beg? I didn’t beg!” “I saw his reply. It was very kind.” “You shouldn’t have read—” whispered Petunia, “that was my private—how could you—?” Lily gave ...


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Not every member of the Slytherin house has gone bad and neither has every bad wizard been in Slytherin. For instance: Here’s a little-known fact that the other three houses don’t bring up much: Merlin was a Slytherin. Yes, Merlin himself, the most famous wizard in history! He learned all he knew in this very house! Quote from Pottermore, Slytherin ...


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No. As ever, the movies suck. First and foremost, Dumbledore would never allow this. Observe his reaction in Book 5, when Umbridge touches a student. Professor Umbridge seized Marietta, pulled her round to face her and began shaking her very hard. A split second later Dumbledore was on his feet, his wand raised; Kingsley started forwards and ...


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It's the room of requirement. Voldemort required a room to hide his item in. Where better to hide a small, reasonably nondescript item than in a pile of junk? If not then it's possible when he hid it it wasn't full of junk; Harry required a room full of all of the small, nondescript items that may have been the diadem. Yes he knew what it was but maybe not ...


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Harry is famous and well guarded. What better way of disposing of him while keeping Voldemort's return secret than by having him die mysteriously in a tournament with a history of killing its participants? Since they know he should be in the maze and they can't see him, his absence in the middle will never get noticed. No one else is ever going to touch ...


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As per JKR, there's a way (and it's McGonagall, not Dumbledore, who finds out for some reason) ... Also how does the Ministry of Magic find out these kids have powers? ... JKR. The Ministry of Magic doesn't find out which children are magic. In Hogwarts there's a magical quill which detects the birth of a magical child, and writes his or her name down ...


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When they were still alive, they each chose their house members. When the Founders were still alive, they had all chosen the students who’d be in their house themselves - the Sorting Hat was created to keep their houses’ values intact when they were dead and couldn’t choose, but when they were alive they’d chosen their own favorites for their houses. “...


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Can students drop out of Hogwarts? Yes. At least up until HP and the Deathly Hallows, when going to Hogwarts is made compulsory by Voldemort's regime. As Lupin tells us: “Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard,” he replied. “That was announced yesterday. It’s a change, because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every ...


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Modern-style toilets were only added to Hogwarts during the 18th century: When first created, the Chamber was accessed through a concealed trapdoor and a series of magical tunnels. However, when Hogwarts’ plumbing became more elaborate in the eighteenth century (this was a rare instance of wizards copying Muggles, because hitherto they simply relieved ...


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It depends on the family. Some families send their kids to Muggle primary schools. Others home school them. From an interview with JK Rowling: Kai: "Where do wizarding children go to school before Hogwarts?" JK Rowling: "They can either go to a Muggle primary school or they are educated at home. The Weasleys were taught by Mrs. Weasley." And so ...


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What if they can’t afford to go? I don’t recall any mention of school fees in the books. With regard to school supplies, see Dumbledore’s visit to a young Tom Riddle: “That is easily remedied,” said Dumbledore, drawing a leather money-pouch from his pocket. “There is a fund at Hogwarts for those who require assistance to buy books and robes. You might ...


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The Chamber of Secrets was described as being far below the school. Likely deeper than the dungeons: It was like rushing down an endless, slimy, dark slide. He could see more pipes branching off in all directions, but none as large as theirs, which twisted and turned, sloping steeply downwards, and he knew that he was falling deeper below the school than ...


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No, it doesn't look like it. From Pottermore, we see that the Sorting Hat is very stubborn about sticking to the decisions it arrives at. It seems that it's impossible to protest that the Sorting Hat got the decision wrong and to ask it to reconsider. The Sorting Hat is notorious for refusing to admit it has made a mistake in its sorting of a student. On ...


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