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A breakdown of the Hogwarts curriculum by year


It is safe to say that there are a lot of questions about the Hogwarts program. Unlike the Muggle world, young witches and wizards don’t seem to care about math or reading lessons (happy them). Instead, their curriculum consists of fantastic topics called things like “Care of Magical Creatures” and “Transfiguration”. Students don’t seem to really spend time on anything mundane, which makes sense. The magic seems pretty complicated on its own. Of course, in the books, the trio don’t seem to spend that much time in class. Their school year continues to be disrupted by the last terrible thing Voldemort foresees, and they don’t even care about their seventh year.

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At the end of Tthe half-blood princeHarry insists that he will not return to Hogwarts, deciding that the destruction of the Horcruxes is more important. Likewise, Ron and Hermione decide they’re there until the end with Harry, so the audience doesn’t even see what their seventh year would have looked like. With the Death Eaters having essentially gone back to school by then, it probably wouldn’t have been a great experience anyway. So while Harry, Ron and Hermione were heroes and saved the day, what were the other students learning?

Updated September 24, 2021 by George Chrysostomou: A return to Hogwarts in the near future seems increasingly likely for Harry potter fans thanks to video games Hogwarts Legacy. In the meantime, it’s important to review any lessons that might be available to students if they want to become a witch or wizard with a respectable career and a wide array of impressive skills.

7 First year

The Great Hall of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films

In their first year, students have no choice as to what to take. The school asks them to take the 7 basic courses as well as flying or broomstick lessons. In the charms class, students learn how to cast charms. These spells aim to change what someone or something does, and the course is taught by Professor Flitwick. Unlike charms, the Transfiguration class focuses on changing what something or someone is rather than doing. At Hogwarts, Professor McGonagall teaches the class. Some examples of what students learn in their first year are the Avifors spell. Regarding Poptions, oneAs the name suggests, this course focuses on brewing potions that can achieve a variety of outcomes. Professor Snape taught Harry and Company in their first year, and some of the potions they learn to brew are the Oblivion Potion and a Cure for Boils.

From Harry’s description in The order of the Phoenix, The history of magic is “the most boring subject ever devised by wizards”. It is good to know that even in the magical world of Harry potter, the story still does not fail to put young people to sleep. Taught by the ghost of Professor Binns, some of the topics covered in the first year are the Gargoyle Strike of 1911 and the Werewolf Code of Conduct. Then there is astronomy. Probably the subject that needs the least explanation, astronomy in the Wizarding World does not appear to be any different from Muggle astronomy. Classes for the first few years are at midnight on Wednesdays, which seems difficult to have a group of 11-year-olds up at midnight for class and expect them not to fall asleep.

In herbalism, students learn about magical and banal plants, their care and their magical properties. While the trio attended Hogwarts, Professor Sprout taught the class. A few plants that the early years learn in the classroom are the infamous Mandrake and Devil’s Snare. The Defense Against the Dark Arts class teaches students how to defend themselves against dark creatures, arts and charms. Ironically, the position of teacher in this class is considered cursed, as no teacher has been able to hold that position for more than a year during Harry’s time at Hogwarts. Finally, there is theft. This course is only compulsory for the first few years at Hogwarts. He teaches young wizards and witches the correct handling of a broom and the basics of flight. Madam Hooch, who also referees the school’s Quidditch matches, teaches the class.

6 Second year

During the students’ second year at Hogwarts, their class schedule remains largely the same. They must take the 7 basic courses, which are Charms, Transfiguration, Potions, History of Magic, Astronomy, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. The flight course is not a requirement, but students who wish to continue learning to fly or aspire to get involved in their Quidditch teams may choose to continue taking it.

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Some of the topics that are actually taught in the courses include Freezing Charm (Immobulus), Turning Beetles into Buttons, Leaping Mushrooms, Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus), and Sleeping Draft, all of which are vital for the growth of a sorcerer or a witch. .

5 Third year

Students choose a minimum of two elective courses to add to their schedule for their third year. However, they still have to complete the 7 basic courses which seems like a lot for someone this age. However, Hermione still had more homework, as she took more classes than her schedule allowed and used a Time-Turner to assist them all.

The first of the electives was arithmancy. There is something about the magic property of numbers. Apparently there are a lot of graphics to memorize, which sounds pretty terrible. Then there is Care of Magical Creatures where students learn how to properly care for, maintain, breed and treat magical creatures. In short, this class looks amazing. When the trio took this course Gardener Hagrid served as the instructor and they had a pretty memorable class involving hippogriffs.

Next comes the Ancient Runes. This course involves studying the ancient runes used by witches and wizards hundreds of years ago. Beside this is Divinitaion which like Professor McGonagall describes it as “one of the most imprecise branches of magic.” It’s about predicting the future, so it’s understandable. Students learn a variety of methods for predicting the future, including palmistry, crystal balls, fortune telling, and of course, tea leaves. Finally, there is Muggle Studies. It seems like a compulsory course for everyone except Muggle-borns and kids who grew up with Muggle families like Harry. The class teaches students about the Muggle world and how to fit in, which seems pretty important.

4 Fourth year

Does Harry even go to class in his fourth year? Who knows. He was busy dodging the dragons and swimming with the mermaids. But Alastor Moody (or more specifically Barty Crouch Jr. disguised as Moody) takes over as a DCFM teacher, so at least the students have learned constant vigilance.

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Students are likely to have the same schedule as their third year, with the option to change their courses as desired. It seems like a pivotal year for getting to grips with the basics ahead of the terrifying OWL exams that take place in grade five.

3 Fifth year

In the fifth year, students should have an idea of ​​what they want to do in terms of work. They meet with their head of house who tells them about the requirements of the position they wish to exercise. For example, to qualify for Auror training, a student must achieve an “Exceeds Expectations” on at least five NEWT subjects. Alternatively, there are fights in a battle against the Dark Arts, but this is probably not the recommended method.

Knowing the NEWT requirements prepares students for their OWL exams, their exam scores, in turn, determine whether they can take the desired NEWT level course the following year.

2 Sixth year

The sixth year is the first year that Hogwarts students do not have a mandatory course list. Instead, students register for courses they qualify for based on their grades on their OWLs. Powerful teachers determine the minimum grade required to take their NEWT level course.

As long as students meet this requirement, they can choose to continue with the subject. The catch is that if a student takes a subject in grade six, they also have to take it in grade seven. As an added bonus, students can also take apparition classes for a fee of 12 Galleons.

1 Seventh year

In Deathly Hallows, the last year at Hogwarts was more than a bit screwed up. It is difficult to get a precise idea of ​​the school program when the protagonists are not present. In addition, the Death Eaters 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 in grade six.

At the end of the year, students can choose to take the NEWT exam in the subjects they have studied, but it is not compulsory. Some professions are fine with just an OWL passing grade. According to a interview with Jk rowling, there is a sort of graduation ceremony for seventh years that involves getting on the boats that originally brought them to Hogwarts. It should be noted that Hermione came back to finish her studies and take her exams in a very Hermione-esque movement. The boys didn’t, unsurprisingly.

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