Post # 1
Let’s be honest.
1. They like never have final exams. When the Chamber of Secrets was opened, they cancelled exams. I’m pretty sure they cancelled them after Dumbedore died, too. Oh. SPOILERS. So did the students taking their OWLS and NEWTS those years just not take them? And plus the year that Harry, Ron, and Hermione weren’t in school (1997-1998) the students who attended basically learned nothing and their exams, I’m pretty sure, were once again interrupted.
2. Why don’t wizards have to learn about things like math, literature, science, and social studies? Why don’t they have to learn other languages?
3. Do the professors ever get any training in being educators? Obviously not, since the only style of teaching employed is basically lecture. Does Snape ever MODEL how to make a potion? NO. No wonder barely anyone can make a potion, like, ever.
4. How did George and Fred learn enough from Hogwarts to start a business? Did they take Business for Wizards? Since they never had math class, and were presumably home-schooled before attending Hogwarts, can they even add? What about the legal issues involved in renting a commercial property?
Post # 3
@peachacid: LOL!!! Those are all valid points and concerns! I’d also like to know if the school is liable for all the students who have been maimed/killed/transfigured during their time at Hogwarts? There must be some crazy legal team to keep the lawsuits from piling up 😉
Post # 4
HAHAHHAHA hilarious. I love it.
Post # 7
I wish these threads came with “like” buttons 🙂
Post # 8
You don’t need math and language skills when you have a wand! Haha good points though.
Post # 9
Arithmancy is their math, science would be potions (chemistry) and herbology, and muggle studies would be social studies. I’m not sure about literature. They still had to take their OWLs and NEWTs, and they all passed, so I’m guessing it’s a pretty good education they got there.
Post # 10
Do they assume they know enough of that from whatever education they had before they were 12? Because they can all read and write obviously! Also, there were other classes that our 3 friends didn’t take because there were more profs than the classes they took.
Post # 11
Oh yes, and I’d like to add that Deathly Hallows and I approve of this thread :
Post # 13
this thread made me smile! thanks
Post # 14
I hate that JK Rowling made up such stupid careers for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. She Mary-Sued them, though they weren’t exactly deep charactes to begin with. She says that they all work for the Ministry. Why do all wizards work for the Ministry? There isn’t a lot of private-sector action in the Wizarding world! Anyway, Ron and Harry become Aurors. WHY??? Don’t you think Harry would be like, Um yeah I defeated the most hard-core bad guy of all time. OF ALL TIME. And Hermione would be like, “I have found my calling and I want to study both Muggle medicine and Healing.” And Ron would be like, “Why the hell doesn’t technology work around Magic? There has to be a way I can make this Smartphone work. Hermione wants to sext me.” And Ginny would be like, “I am this smart character in the books who sucked in the movies!”
Yeah I think about this stuff too much. HA.
Post # 15
I don’t think it cost too much since the Weasleys were poor, and they were able to send all their children to Hogwarts … unless they had financial aid – of which there was no mention in the books
Edited: Misinterpreted the question! I guess it must be somewhat valuable, considering there is no college education (although I can’t honestly see Hermione being okay with that) and they all go straight to work afterwards. Although a lot of things don’t exist in their world, like technology or nuclear warfare. I think maybe the point is for it to be a starkly different world, because they’re fighting over keeping their world strictly magic and muggle-less. So things like science aren’t necessarily taught because they would be considered muggle stuff. But now that they’re all like peace and yay we won over the pureblood supremacists! – there’s room for change like incorporating more studies into the Hogwarts curriculum, or syncing technology with magic, etc …
Post # 16
@Shlieka: Remember in the Half-Blood Prince that when Dumbledore goes to talk to Tom Riddle, and Riddle says he doesn’t have any money? Dumbledore tells him there is a fund or something for students with financial difficulties. I think tuition is free, but they definitely had to buy their own books and other supplies.
@ms. headphone: Yes, but there is more to math and science than those two subjects. And history of magic counts as part of social studies, but what about psychology and sociology, and other social sciences? It seems as though they leave Hogwarts and enter the workforce…there is no post-secondary education!
I think if the United States had a wizarding school it would be this awesome amalgamation of wizard science and art and not-wizard science and art. So they’d learn everything non-wizards learn but enhanced by the magic. I think the USA’s school and wizards would want to live seamlessly with the non-wizards.