You guys know what today is, right?
BaCk To sChOoL bAbY!!
September 1st marks the beginning of every school year in Hogwarts and everyone needs to make sure they’ve got everything they need.
So, let’s imagine for a moment that the first year list of supplies is still the same today as it was in the 90’s. Why shouldn’t it be? We’ve seen wizards being quite hesitant about changing the way they do things what with the writing on parchment paper using fancy quills and bottles of ink! I’m sure bewitching a Bic pen wouldn’t have looked as pretty, but still.
Harry Potter himself was asked to bring the following items:
- Three Sets of Plain Work Robes (Black).
- One Plain Pointed Hat (Black) for day wear.
- One Pair of Protective Gloves (dragon hide or similar).
- One Winter Cloak (Black, silver fastenings).
- Please note that all student’s clothes should carry name-tags at all times.
I’m sure the hat was very useful, but also apparently forbidden after the end of that school year feast. If I’m not mistaken (I’m not) they get thrown in the air because, I don’t know, Harry Potter is the greatest and life is too amazing for boring black hats, I suppose, and they never return.
I don’t know about you, but my 11 year old self wouldn’t think to go crawling under chairs and tables for the missing hat with my name-tag on it. Especially that late in the evening and after a serious sugar crash. I’m thinking Filch was like “Dumbledore, my vacuum cleaner broke again, all stuffed with hats. You should get rid of those” and Dumbledore replied “But it’s a great tradition, Mr. Filch, how else are we going to make teens look dorky?“. They both ROFL for a minute and then Filch goes back to business mode “C’mon, seriously, tell the Ministry about the risk of accidentally freeing a whole hord of house-elfs by leaving clothes laying around, ‘right?” And that was that. RIP hats ? – 1992.
- The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 by Miranda Goshawk
- A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot
- Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling
- A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch
- One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore
- Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
- The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble
Two things about this. First, you’re gonna need a bigger backpack than the one you’ve got now. Second, it sounds like Quentin Trimble was writing a book for Jedi school and got roped into this gig instead.
Now, the *really* fun stuff:
- A wand
- Cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
- Set of glass or crystal phials
- Set of brass scales
Yes, a magic wand with mighty powers for wizardly shenanigans. The Wizarding World website tells us all about the properties of each kind of wood and core, and how they may work together.
Yet, ultimately, say it with me:
“The wand chooses the wizard, Mr Potter”
- PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS. (*unless they’re the Chosen One* *not you Neville, shoo*)
And now for the choice that is exclusively up to you:
- Students may also bring an Owl OR a Cat OR a Toad.
Did you notice? No rats. I mean, we all knew Wormtail was very good at laying low, but Scabbers pulled off the stunt of being the only rat to attend Hogwarts. Twice.
Hedwig was the perfect pet for Harry, as he needed to make sure his fan club got the latest newsletter about The Boy Who Lived.
Hermione had the “orange thing”, as Ron lovingly put it, and Crookshanks was great at spotting mischief.
Toads were Neville’s thing, even though Trevor kept trying to loose him whenever possible.
What animal would you bring to Hogwarts?