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MillicentMargaretAmanda Tue 22-Jan-19 07:51:22

If you were a Muggle parent, wouldn't you be concerned that you literally never get to visit your kid's school? I mean, you'd had them all prepped to go to the local good Ofsted rated comp, whose catchment area you had carefully researched before moving in year 4. You'd been to two open evenings, and gone on a separate day visit, and then at some point in Year 6, a weirdo with an owl turns up and tells you your child is magic and is going to a boarding school you've never heard of in the wilds of Scotland...
Your requests to visit are refused, there don't seem to be any open days, parents evenings or speech days to attend. You don't even get asked to come when your little darling is lying petrified in the San....

All seems very unfair given that certain parents seem to be there every other week (looking at you Malfoy senior.)

IceRebel Tue 22-Jan-19 08:08:34

I've had similar thoughts about Hermionie's parents. They're highly educated themselves, and seem like the type who care greatly about their daughter's education. Yet send her to a school they've never been to, or even heard of until she got the letter. confused

IceRebel Tue 22-Jan-19 08:09:20

Hermione Not Hermionie blush

MillicentMargaretAmanda Tue 22-Jan-19 08:29:08

And she basically never comes home again after about Year 2! Poor Mr and Mrs Granger sad

Heratnumber7 Tue 22-Jan-19 08:42:34

Didn't the Granger parents get charmed so that they'd forget about Hermione? Or not ask about her studies or something? I thought they didn't know she was a witch.

NewYoiker Tue 22-Jan-19 08:44:48

@Heratnumber7 no hermione charmed them to forget her when she left to help Harry find horcruxes. They knew she was a witch up to that point as they came with her to get her school things in the third book

HulksPurplePanties Tue 22-Jan-19 08:44:49

Very true. I can't imagine their trip to Diagon Alley and meeting the Weasley's would have done much to make them feel more comfortable either. Maybe McGonagall casts a charm on all Muggle parents to make them not ask questions.

IceRebel Tue 22-Jan-19 08:50:17

I find Hermione's story much more intriguing than Harry's, there are just so many questions.

- Did she ever show any obvious signs of magical ability? (like Harry with the haircuts, roof and snake glass)

- What did her parents tell other family members / friends about her sudden disappearance?

- How did she and her parents know where to get the items on the school supplies list?

- How did she find platform 9 3/4?

Heratnumber7 Tue 22-Jan-19 09:08:51

Also - I though muggles weren't supposed to know about the wizarding world. So how does it work when your child is one?

JassyRadlett Tue 22-Jan-19 09:10:12

I’m just reading Order of the Phoenix to DS1, and suddenly felt desperately sad for the Grangers when Hermione ditched them on the first day of the holidays to go to Grimmauld Place instead.

Imagine them - haven’t seen her since September, building up to Christmas, shelled out vast sums to go skiing over the break, and they get a message on the last day of term saying ‘not coming, staying at school to study instead’.

The memory charm was kinder, really.

PyongyangKipperbang Tue 22-Jan-19 09:53:09

Yeah....she loved them enough to keep them safe in the last book but never to spend any time with them in the earlier ones!

And I have often wondered about sending kids away to a school I have never heard of, much less visited. Also, I would want my kids home every weekend, I would want to visit them. No way would I be sending them away for 3 months at a time.

knittedjest Tue 22-Jan-19 10:56:33

I don't know just because Harry is SO self-centered he really doesn't seem to know what goes on with other students. I do remember some throw away lines about students (we never/rarely hear of again) going home sometimes in the school term. and I think I recall the books or JK saying that a teacher visits the families of muggle borns and explains to them how to do DA and platform 9 and three quarter etc.

knittedjest Tue 22-Jan-19 10:58:43

Also family must be able to visit. They go to the school Quiddich games after all. Again, because annoying self-centred Harry is the protagonist and he has no family we just never hear about it.

Hungrypuffin Tue 22-Jan-19 11:04:00

Also....what primary schools do wizarding children go to? Or are they just homeschooled up to that point?

And at Hogwarts, they only learn magical subjects. So presumably witches and wizards are shit at Maths and Science, having never progressed beyond the KS2 equivalent of these subjects.

darkriver19886 Tue 22-Jan-19 11:36:29

I believe for non-magical families a teacher goes to explain it to them.

RaiderOfTheKitchenCupboard Tue 22-Jan-19 11:46:00

It must be a bit shit for Scottish Muggle parents having to get their kids down to London by non-magical means just to catch the Hogwarts Express back up to Scotland. Hogwarts students can’t all come from the Home Counties.

JassyRadlett Tue 22-Jan-19 13:04:56

Raider, have you met Wanda from My Life as a Background Slytherin?

JassyRadlett Tue 22-Jan-19 15:24:05

Oh no, the link isn’t working.

Here’s Wanda:

RaiderOfTheKitchenCupboard Tue 22-Jan-19 16:23:05

Lol, thanks Jassy

IceRebel Wed 23-Jan-19 07:29:30

That gave me a good laugh Jassy, thank you. grin

MillicentMargaretAmanda Wed 23-Jan-19 08:42:59

I do follow "My Life" but I'd missed that one. Thanks!

CountessVonBoobs Wed 23-Jan-19 15:01:59

AIBU to think whichever teacher goes to "explain" things to Muggle parents Confunds them into not asking too many questions?

I too feel for the Grangers. The occasional package of Toothflossing Stringmints is totally not sufficient compensation.

MrsMcW Wed 23-Jan-19 15:11:48

But there is an Ofsted report for Hogwarts! Not sure they'd be thrilled with it though...

steppemum Wed 23-Jan-19 15:21:23

I ma just half way through the first book with dd, re-reading it for the 4th ish time (other kids etc) , but there are loads of things I had forgotten, and it raises so many questions.

Muggle born wizards, but the muggles aren't allowed ot know about th ewizarding world. just doesn't make sense, there must be dozens of muggle famililes who are now suddenly introduced to the wizarding world.
What if they say no? Do their little wizards and witches grow up never becoming true wizards, or what?

Same for those who are expelled. there is so much talk of being chucked out for doing something wrong, but then what? You can still do magic, but untrained and you are not supposed to. How does that work? A sort of second class group of wizards who exist where exactly? In the wizard world or the muggle world?

And the wizards are so stupod about muggle things, but they co-exist with the muggle world. How have they not noticed all the things which are different, or how they work, and, if so many of them are muggle born, then they would know about that stuff anyway.

RomanyRoots Wed 23-Jan-19 16:18:57

This is very similar to my dd school, we aren't a muggle family though.
The muggles ask us questions when they don't find out from the school.
It's a big responsibility helping the muggles. The teachers never give them the right information, or the bare minimum. I feel sorry for them and I've heard that even now they favour the none muggle families.

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