10 weird rules you'll have to follow if you are (one day) admitted to Hogwarts
This is it, it's the big day, your world has just turned upside down, you just received your letter of admission to Hogwarts. You are overjoyed and you have already sent an owl to all your friends to warn them. Before jumping on the Hogwarts Express and crossing the huge doors of the Hogwarts Hall, we remind you of a small detail: Hogwarts with rules. The trio tend to forget about it, but like any school, Hogwarts has a lot of strict rules that students have to follow ... more or less.
Some of these rules have been in place for decades, since the school was founded. Others were set up recently or temporarily during Harry's years at Hogwarts. While many of these rules, like going to class, seem normal, not all of them are as normal as they seem.
It turns out that some of the Hogwarts rules are rather bizarre, especially if you look at them from a Muggle's point of view. No need to wonder why Harry and his classmates are responsible for so many problems within the school.
Here is a list of the 10 weirdest rules Hogwarts students need to follow.
10. ALWAYS RESPECT THE FIRE COVER
In all boarding schools, even among Muggles, the youngest students must obey a curfew: this seems completely normal. What is not, however, is that it extends to the corridors of the castle itself. Yep, students are not only prohibited from wandering outside of Hogwarts after a certain hour, but also from walking around inside! So if they want to go get some food from the kitchens because they missed dinner, that's too bad for them. It is downright an admission by the teaching staff that shady things happen within the school overnight ... Not reassuring!
9. EACH HOUSE MUST STAY IN ITS OWN AREAS
One of the first rules at Hogwarts and that the students of each of the four Houses, whether Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, stay in their common rooms. We don't mix, no madam, no sir! And if you want to hang out with your friend who does not come from the same house as you, you will have to wait to meet him in the corridors, in class or in the playground. Yes, since even during meals the pupils sit with the comrades of their House! It does not encourage the easing of tensions and diversity, all that ...
8. GUYSÇWE ARE PROHIBITED FROM GOING TO THE GIRLS 'DORMITORY
... but not the opposite! And Hermione Granger is right to be indignant, because it's not normal at all. We understand that the dormitories are not mixed, but why could young women land with their comrades of the opposite sex, and not vice versa? This rule is frankly old-fashioned and sexist, since adults suddenly trust girls more than boys. It's not fair to them !
7. TEACHERS ARE ALSO SUBJECT TO PASSWORDS
Each student must give a password (or answer a riddle) to enter their dormitory ... which is logical, if you accept the idea that no one from another House should be able to enter. But even teachers seem to need to know passwords and answers, as was revealed when Professor Mcgonagall had to answer the Ravenclaw's riddle to enter. And we also learn that the Carrows were unable to do it without help. You will admit that it is a little strange, shouldn't any teacher be able to enter the dormitories to help the children if necessary?
6. QUIDDITCH TESTS ARE.
Each house has its own Quidditch team, and they compete against each other every year ... but the team members and the selection process don't seem to make sense. For most of the Harry Potter saga, there seems to be simply no testing - Harry has never had one (though Professor Mcgonagall vouches for him). But when he becomes captain, it says that every player has to go through testing every year. Another hole in the racket, otherwise the rules for the teams changed halfway through Harry's schooling and nobody talked about it!
5. IF YOU ARE LATE ON STAIRS THAT MOVE ONLY ... IT IS YOUR FAULT
One thing that must be incredibly annoying about Hogwarts is the stairs. They move on their own and have no timetable - we even know that they move when the students are literally on top. You can see how problematic this can be and yet classes are scheduled and students are not allowed to be late. How does it work to get to class on time? Should we only plan an hour of walking inside the castle?
It seems a little hard to blame the students for being late because of these stairs, and some concessions should probably be made.
4. LA RÉEAST LIBRARY SERVE ... RÉSERVÉE
Knowledge is power. The Hogwarts library contains a ton of books and most of them are open access for students - but there is a section that requires permission, and it's called the reserve. What's going on here is that all the books that contain obscure information are stored there, but then - why even have them? If books are not necessary for study, why not just get rid of them? Or ... assume that students would get the information some other way and that it would be accessible to everyone anyway?This section is just a weird concept.
3. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER THE FORBIDDEN FOREST (EXCEPT IF YOU ARE COLLÉ)
The Forbidden Forest rule is a rule which, once again, seems reasonable at first sight. Students are not allowed to enter the forest because it is dangerous and filled with creatures that could injure or even kill them. But why does this forest exist next to the school? If it's full of evil creatures, wouldn't it be a good idea to have a school for children elsewhere?
And of course, this rule disappears when the students are placed in glue. For whatever reason, an appropriate punishment is to take the troublemakers into the depths of the forest to help teachers or gardeners with certain tasks. Dumbledore, a comment perhaps?
2. ARE YOU AN ANIMAGUS? GO TO REGISTER!
Animagus are truly special beings in the wizarding world and it is not technically prohibited for a student to become one. It’s a long and arduous process that eventually turns into an animal, but few people can go through it or have the skills to do so. So, for example, the Marauders, Minerva Mcgonagall and Rita Skeeter all have the ability to transform into animals when they want to. The only rule is that they must register with the Ministry. It seems to be a privacy breach, although, of course, not everyone did it ...
1. BOYS AND GIRLS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE LESS THAN 15 CM FROM ONE ANOTHER ... AND OTHER LOUFOQUES EDUCATION ORDERS
But of course, the craziest rules ever introduced at Hogwarts were those created by Dolores Ombrage. When she was hired as a professor and received special powers from the department, she introduced a number of ridiculous rules, such as not authorizing literature that she described as half-blood, dissolve all student organizations, and do not allow boys and girls to be within 15 cm of each other.
Yeah. Umbridge picks up the pompom when it comes to establishing stupid school rules. Fortunately, they didn't even last a year before she was removed, but it must have been a nightmare to follow while they were in place.