It is safe to say that there are many questions about the Hogwarts curriculum. Unlike the Muggle world, young witches and wizards do not seem to worry about math or reading lessons (lucky ones). Instead, their curriculum consists of amazing topics called things like “Care of Magical Creatures” and “Transfiguration.” The students do not really seem to spend time on anything everyday, which makes sense. Magic in itself seems pretty complicated. Of course, the trio actually does not seem to spend that much time in the hours in the books. Their school years continue to be disrupted by the latest terrible, Voldemort is planning, and they do not even bother with their seventh year.
By the exit of The half-blood prince, Harry insists he does not return to Hogwarts, and decides that the destruction of the Horcruxes is more important. Similarly, Ron and Hermione decide they’m in it until the end with Harry, so the audience doesn’t even get a glimpse of what their seventh year would have been like. Since Death Eaters had essentially taken over the school at the time, it probably would not have been a good experience anyway. So while Harry, Ron, and Hermione were about to become heroes and save the day, what exactly did the rest of the students learn?
Updated September 24, 2021 by George Chrysostomou: A return to Hogwarts in the near future seems increasingly likely to Harry Potter fans thanks to the video game Hogwarts Legacy. Until then, it is important to revisit all the lessons that may be available to students if they want to become a witch or wizard with a respectable career and a wide range of impressive skills.
7 First year
In their first year, students have no choice about what to take. The school requires that they take the 7 core classes as well as flight lessons or diet flight class. In the Charms class, students learn to cast charms. These spells focus on changing what someone or something does, and the class is taught by Professor Flitwick. Unlike charm, the Transfiguration class focuses on changing what something or someone is up to. At Hogwarts, Professor McGonagall teaches the class. A few examples of what students learn in their first year are Avifors Spells. With respect to Pactions, as name suggests, this class focuses on brewing potions that can achieve different results. Professor Snape taught Harry and company during their first year, and some of the potions they learn to brew are the Oblivion Pot and a cure for boils.
By Harry’s description in The Order of the Phoenix, History of Magic is “the most boring subject ever conceived of the Wizard kind.” It’s good to know that even in the magical world of Harry Potter, the story still fails to get young people to sleep. Some of the topics discussed in the first year taught by Professor Binn’s ghost are the 1911 Gargoyle Strike and the Werewolf Code of Conduct. Then there is astronomy. Probably the subject that requires the least possible explanation, astronomy in the wizarding world does not seem to be any different from Muggle astronomy. Classes for the first year take place at midnight on Wednesdays, which seems hard to have a bunch of 11-year-olds up at midnight for class and expecting them not to fall asleep.
In Herbology, students learn about magical and worldly plants, their care, and magical properties. While the trio attended Hogwarts, Professor Sprout taught the class. A few plants that first year learns about in class are the infamous Mandrake and Devil’s Snare. The Defense Against The Dark Arts class teaches students how to defend themselves against dark creatures, art, and charm. Ironically, the position of professor in this class is believed to be cursed, as no professor has been able to hold the position for more than a year during Harry’s time at Hogwarts. Finally flying there. This class is only mandatory for freshmen at Hogwarts. It teaches young witches and wizards the proper handling of a diet and the basics of flying. Madam Hooch, who also judges the school’s Quidditch matches, teaches the class.
6 Second year
During the students’ second year at Hogwarts, their schedule remains pretty much the same. They must take the 7 core classes, which are Charm, Transfiguration, Potions, History of Magic, Astronomy, Herbology and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Flying class is not a requirement, but students who want to continue learning to fly or strive to get involved in their house Quidditch team can choose to continue taking it.
Some of the topics actually taught in the classes include Freezing Charm (Immobulus), Turning Beetles into Buttons, Jumping Mushrooms, Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus) and Sleeping Draft, all of which are essential to the growth of a wizard or witch.
5 Third year
Students choose at least two electives to add to their schedules for their third year. However, they still have to take the 7 core classes, which seems like a lot to anyone at that age. Hermione, however, had even more homework when she famously took more classes than her schedule allowed, and used a Time-Turner to attend them all.
The first of the electives was Arithmancy. There is something about the magical property of speech. Apparently there are a lot of charts to remember, which sounds pretty awful. Then there is Care of magical creatures, where students learn to care for, maintain, breed and treat magical creatures properly. In short, this class sounds great. When the trio took this class, Mayor Hagrid acted as instructor and they had a quite memorable class involving Hippogriffs.
Next is Ancient Runes. This class involves studying ancient runes used by witches and wizards hundreds of years ago. Next to this is Divinitaion, which as Professor McGonagall describes it as “one of the most inaccurate branches of magic.” It involves predicting the future so that it is understandable. Students learn about different methods of predicting the future, including palm, crystal balls, kartomance and of course tea leaves. Finally there is Muggle studies. It seems like it should be a mandatory class for everyone except Muggleborns and kids who grew up with Muggle families like Harry. The class teaches students about the Muggle world and how to get involved, which seems pretty important.
4 Fourth year
Is Harry going to class at all in his fourth year? Who knows. He was busy dodging kites and swimming with people. However, Alastor Moody (or more precisely, Barty Crouch Jr. disguised as Moody) takes over as the DADA professor, so at least the students learned about constant vigilance.
It is likely that students have the same schedule as their third year, with the option to change their electives. This appears to be a crucial year for mastering the core subjects ahead of the fearsome UGL exams taking place in the fifth year.
3 Fifth year
In their fifth year, students need to have an idea of what they want to do professionally. They meet with their house manager who lets them know the requirement for the job they want. For example, to qualify for Auror education, a student must obtain a “Exceeds Expectations” on at least five NEWT courses. Alternatively, fight against the forces of evil, but this is probably not the recommended method.
Knowing the NEWT requirements prepares students for their OWL exams, their grades on the exams in turn determine whether they can take the desired course at the NEWT level the following year.
2 Sixth year
The sixth year is the first year in which Hogwarts students do not have a compulsory class list. Instead, students enroll in classes they qualify for based on their grades on their OWLs The powerful professors determine the minimum grade required to take their class at the NEWT level.
As long as students meet this requirement, they can choose to continue with the topic. The catch is, if a student takes a subject in their sixth year, they must also take it on their seventh. As a bonus, students are also able to take classes in Apparition for a fee of 12 Galleons.
1 Seventh year
IN The death regalia, the last year at Hogwarts was more than a little screwed up. It is difficult to get a clear picture of the curriculum when the main characters are not participating. Death Eaters also ran the school at the time. But what we do know is that students are expected to continue taking classes in the same subjects as their sixth year.
At the end of the year, students may choose to take the NEWT exam in the subjects they studied, but this is not required. Some professions are fine with just an existing OWL grade. According to one interview with JK Rowling, there is a kind of graduation ceremony for the seventh year, which involves riding the boats that originally brought them to Hogwarts. It should be noted that Hermione came back to finish her schooling and take her exams in a very hermione-like move. The boys did not, until no one was surprised.
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