to think Hogwarts is actually a really small school?

(224 Posts)
FlutteringButterflie Fri 30-Aug-13 19:57:05

I watch the film earlier and realised in Griffindor in Harry's year there were only 5 boys and 3 girls. There are 4 houses so probably about 40 pupils per year.

7 years, so about 280 pupils - not really that many when you think about it.

[geek]

GrimmaTheNome Fri 30-Aug-13 20:02:26

Yes, they're all in the same classes together with the other houses aren't they so can't be more than about 40 ... unless there's a whole B stream we don't get to see grin

GrimmaTheNome Fri 30-Aug-13 20:03:19

Not that many teachers either. No wonder the place is invitation only.

olidusUrsus Fri 30-Aug-13 20:04:12

I would love for Hogwarts to have a B stream, but I reckon Ron would have been in it so they can't have one grin

ITCouldBeWorse Fri 30-Aug-13 20:04:53

No SEN and Harry is the only kid who wears glasses!

I think Hufflepuff are the B stream. Poor Hufflepuff sad

cory Fri 30-Aug-13 20:06:56

It's the same with all these famous places. Dowton Abbey needs a butler and an underbutler to maintain smooth running of the dinners but doesn't run to a single gardener and there is nobody to do their laundry either.

Ericaequites Fri 30-Aug-13 20:07:24

Neville would defineately been B stream. I'm glad to know other people have thought this through also.

FlutteringButterflie Fri 30-Aug-13 20:07:52

In primary school there is 7 years (Reception up to Year 6)

I think there was about 30 in my class and we used to have a whole school assembly every morning.

There is no way we would have filled out 4 massive long tables in the great hall.

cory Fri 30-Aug-13 20:16:29

What always gets me is how the finances work: how do they pay the teachers and provide all those wonderful school dinners with such few boarders, especially as some poor ones have bursaries (Voldemort, for one, and one suspects Snape as well). My hunch here is that most of the teachers they recruit probably have family dosh so they pay starving wages and expect them to make up the difference from their own money. People like Professor McGonagall probably do come from rather naice families. Which would explain why Snape is still living in a hovel when he is a head of house.

And how do they persuade Muggle parents to pass with the dosh for a school they have never heard of and never get to see? And, under the circumstances, how on earth do they keep it secret? Why do Hermione's old Muggle friends never ask? Do they have to obliviate them every time?

PharaohHound Fri 30-Aug-13 20:19:47
OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Fri 30-Aug-13 20:23:00

Downton Abbey would have loads of gardeners but you wouldn't see themas they would never come into the house, being likely to have lodgings above the stables and so on.

Kumiho Fri 30-Aug-13 20:24:05

Maybe the Ministry pay for it? Like, state school smile

cory I want to know that too about the muggle parents never getting to see the school, and why the heck they pack them off there with no assurances! Can they even get on to Platform 9 3/4? Hermione's rents get into Diagon Alley, so presumably it's possible (although how do they SEE the Leaky Cauldron to get in???)

Presumably there's an option for the teachers to live at the school all year round if they don't want to pay for a house on their pittance salary but that's not really ethical. And Dumbledore is very ethical. Pure bloods are quite a feudal lot but you gotta feel for the muggle kids.

When do we see Snape's house??

zoobaby Fri 30-Aug-13 20:25:37

You all raise some valid points. I always thought it was equivalent to a 2 form entry since Gryffindor and Slytheran shared a few lessons. I suspect Huff and Raven do likewise until they're older and choose elective of course.

I'm pretty sure that place has some very wealthy benefactors.

Also agree with Cory, the teachers do it for the PRESTIGE.

Maybe Hermione didn't have any muggle friends?

Kumiho Fri 30-Aug-13 20:26:32

I like the theory that very few wizards were having children during the First Wizard War, so Harry's population was lower than his parents' might have been, or his own kids will be.

I love MN HP geeks [gin] Is there a quiche? If not I'm so starting one.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 30-Aug-13 20:28:25

Yes, the Ministry must pay - investing in the future of magic. No way would all those weasleys be able to afford it otherwise. Obviously they only cover board and tuition, clothes and books are provided by the family hence Ron's woollies and their second hand books.

Good point about the generations. The Weasley / Potter output alone would fill Gryffindor confused

I still haven't forgiven the Epilogue for being so shit and trite.

nomorecrumbs Fri 30-Aug-13 20:31:20

Come on HP fans! The house elves did the laundry.

I'd imagine there were more children attending Hogwarts who were several years younger than Harry, there would have bound to have been a baby boom after Voldy-knickers popped his clogs first time round.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 30-Aug-13 20:31:46

>Maybe Hermione didn't have any muggle friends?

she'd be like the kid who gets a place at a superselective GS miles away and loses contact with her old pals. And frankly she probably didn't have that many at primary, she'd have been a bookworm billy no-mates.

FlutteringButterflie Fri 30-Aug-13 20:34:36

I'm now reading an article about evidence that suggests there were actually two more girls in Gryffindor.

confused

ebwy Fri 30-Aug-13 20:35:21

I suspect in the year or so after the first war there was a baby boom so the year below Ginny Weasley and Luna woukd have been huge by comparison.

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