"I've never felt more at home anywhere than when I’m at Hogwarts. From the Quidditch Pitch and grounds, to the Great Hall and the Gryffindor common room -- my school has been an amazing place to learn magic."
For students with special talents, who also enjoy some hearty competition with their classmates, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry offers a wide range of courses, majors and extracurricular activities (including a bit of mischief). As the premiere wizarding school, set near a gorgeous loch called Black Lake, students will find an abundance of whimsy, friendships and academic lessons about spells, Potions, Transfiguration and Defense Against the Dark Arts.
The school itself has many features including the Astronomy Tower, Quidditch Pitch and an owlery (among many other towers and secret chambers). Students reside with classmates in their given "house" -- which they are given based on their personality traits and skills at the start of their first year during a selection process with the Sorting Hat. Students are given one of the four houses of Hogwarts, named after the founders of the school: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin.
Hogwarts Castle has expansive, historical grounds that are maintained by gamekeeper (and professor of Care of Magical Creatures) Rubeus Hagrid, who also has a passion for unique pets like a three-headed dog, baby dragon, giant spider and a hippogriff. With a rich magical history, hidden secrets, and its proximity to the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade, there's never a shortage of adventures for those with a quick wand flick or a thirst for butter beer.
Alumni and History
Most notably, however, this boarding school was home to three very brave and talented students: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, the young wizards who battled the rise of Lord Voldemort over the course of their time at school and later defeated him in the Battle of Hogwarts. Despite their young age, the school taught these students many skills like, how to investigate and hunt clues, conduct spells and work together so they could join forces with their friends and families to end the dark lord. Other famous alumni include: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, Sirius Black, Luna Lovegood and Severus Snape.
For students who are interested in learning more about life at Hogwarts, explore the reviews below.
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A School Worth Knowing About
"Before you enroll at Hogwarts I suggest you read "Hogwarts, A History." It's chock full of facts about the school that will surely tell you everything you want to know. The library at Hogwarts has a wide collection of books to help you find clever spells and research everything for school or whatever else arises. And, I mean -- if you’re lucky, you can even explore the restricted section. I’ve learned loads from what I’ve found there."
--Hermione Granger, Student
A Home for Every Student
"I've never felt more at home anywhere than when I’m at Hogwarts. From the Quidditch Pitch and grounds, to the Great Hall and the Gryffindor common room -- my school has been an amazing place to learn magic. There are loads of secret passageways, moving staircases and interesting creatures and places like the Room of Requirement that have kept my years at Hogwarts filled with adventures. And who could forget the talking portraits, ghosts and brilliant professors who have taught my friends and I how to be wizards."
--Harry Potter, Student
The Best School, Obviously
"My school is bloody brilliant. I’m the sixth in my family to go to Hogwarts and at first it was a lot to live up to, but I’ve made my own way. I’m glad I have Harry and Hermione to keep it cool, you know? The teachers are a bit mental – they make the classes hard. Ah well, must jet off to Hogsmeade now… the butter beer is so good."
--Ron Weasley, Student
Fun With Loads to Do
"I’m the youngest in my family and the last to attend Hogwarts. People don’t expect much from me, but I have a lot of friends at school and I’m pretty good with my wand and on the Quidditch pitch. My brothers can be overprotective at times, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from Fred and George: Anything is possible with a little nerve."
--Ginny Weasley, Student
Tip About the Yule Ball
"My sister Parvati and I like Hogwarts equally. We’re in different houses, but we still do everything together. We even went to the Yule Ball as a pair, which was fun enough, but she talked me into going with Ron Weasley so she could go with Harry Potter. A word of advice: If you go to the Yule Ball, ask someone who likes to dance!"
--Padma Patil, Student
Brilliant Herbology Program
"I’m mad for Hogwarts. I spent a lot of time in the greenhouse for Herbology, but I also liked hanging out with my friends in the Gryffindor common room. Plus, you can bring pets – my toad Trevor loved exploring the castle."
--Neville Longbottom, Student
A Place Where Any Magical Being Can Be Appreciated
"Every year I find something new to appreciate at Hogwarts. My father says this is one of my gifts. I particularly enjoy the thestrals. They pull the carriages from the Hogwarts Express. If you feed them, they prefer raw meat to apples. Avoid the nargles."
--Luna Lovegood, Student
Good School, Amazing Students
"I think a good school is made up of loyal students who care about each other. Hogwarts has a lot of students who are also good teachers. In the Ravenclaw house we do our best to stick together. I've also really liked being a Seeker for my house's Quidditch team."
--Cho Chang, Student
Where All Young Wizards Should Go
"Hogwarts is a nice school. It's a place where kids can be kids, you know? It doesn't matter where you came from -- pure-blood or muggle-born -- or what your interests are, there are classes for every young witch or wizard. I was a Gryffindor, myself. Must run in the family, I guess."
--Arthur Weasley, Parent of Student and Alumnus
"Gryffindor sucks! This school is lame, but the food is ok. Slytherin is the best house, if you're in any other one you're wasting your time."
--Gregory Goyle, Student
"There are a lot things I'd change about this bloody school. I'm not a fan of going to class, let alone with a bunch of idiots, like Potter. Father always said it's only a matter of time until someone sets this school right. If the teachers here were gold, the school would be poorer than a Weasley."
--Draco Malfoy, Student
Our Testing Ground
"My brother and I made the most of our time at Hogwarts. We took what we needed to learn and applied them to our inventions. Deciding to leave Hogwarts was purely entrepreneurial. The world needed Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and who are we to deny Skiving Snackboxes and our line of Wonder Witch products."
--George Weasley, Parent of Student and Alumnus
Ze Second Best School
"Ze Beauxbatons Academy of Magic is ze best school for wizards, but my visit to 'Ogwarts was charming. During ze Triwizard Zournament, zis school was welcoming to me and my sister. My husband vas a prefect and head boy 'ere, which is no surprise."
--Fleur Delacour, Visitor
"I vent to Hogwarts for the Trivizard Tournament, it's no Durmstrang, but the castle is big and comfortable. In Bulgaria ve have big grounds vith lakes and mountains."
--Viktor Krum, Visitor
Hogwarts Grows on You
"When it comes to finding a school, so some may say the grass is always greener on the other side. But I say that’s a load of dragon dung compost. Hogwarts has down to earth professors that care. I can help any young turnip grow into a talented wizard -- just ask Neville Longbottom. Now there’s a kid who knows his Herbology."
--Pomona Sprout, Professor
Home Sweet Home
"Hogwarts' been my home for years and years. I never was too good with magic, but ol' Dumbledore got me a gamekeeper job as a second chance. Now I spend my days outdoors and helpin' kids learn about 'em creatures I love. Dumbledore accepts anyone at Hogwarts, s'long as they've got the talent."
--Rubeus Hagrid, Professor and Staff Member
How Hogwarts Houses Work
"For students who elect to pursue their academic career at Hogwarts, they will find the Sorting ceremony essential. When you join a house, it will become like your family throughout the duration of your stay in Hogwarts Castle. Each house has a noble history we seek to uphold with every new student. Our curriculum challenge students to develop their magical skills and applaud their triumphs as they compete for the annual House Cup competition among the four houses. We believe each house has its own merit, bringing honor to our school. For those of you considering Hogwarts, there's nowhere in the world where your excellence will be put to its full potential."
--Minerva McGonagall, Professor and Counselor
Look to Your Tea for Answers
"As the professor of Divination I assume you expect me to say something profound about Hogwarts, but it is not my place to use my Inner Eye to cloud your judgment. I ask that you consider what you want your future to hold and look deeply into your teacup for answers untold – there, you might find the answer, or discover that you simply need a spot of tea."
--Sybill Patricia Trelawney, Professor
"When my sister got a letter from this school I knew it would lead to no good. She came home every holiday with her pockets full of frogspawn and spent the evenings turning teacups into rats. What a freak! I blame this school. Don't even get me started on HER son who also went to this abnormal school. He nearly killed my Dinky Duddydums -- who is much more talented than that wretch of a child. The best thing this school did for me was get Harry out of my home and away from my Duddy."
--Petunia Dursley, Parent/Guardian of Student
Where We Sent All of Our Kids
"Great classes! A gorgeous campus! What more could a mother want from a school? I sent my seven children there and attended Hogwarts myself. While we were able to take care of some campus safety issues, I still wish the castle weren't so drafty – but I sent the kids with scarves and sweaters to help with that."
--Molly Weasley, Parent of Student