Ranking the questions we still have about Hogwarts

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Pottermore recently outlined the burning questions we have about Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Here is the order we would like to see them answered.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a wonderful place, we learned so much about the castle while Harry Potter studied there. Right through his first year, all the way up to the Battle of Hogwarts.

Filled with magic (obviously) and more, it’s difficult to pinpoint what makes it so special. Is it the suits of armour that come alive? Or maybe it is the moving staircases? Or perhaps it was rooms like the Room of Requirement that made you fall in the love with the castle?

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One thing that does make Hogwarts really special is that no one knew everything about it. Not even Dumbledore himself knew everything about Hogwarts. Secrets are still to be told and answers still to be given.

Pottermore recently released an article about the “8 burning questions we still have about Hogwarts.” Every single one them is a burning question that needs an answer. But what would you want answered first? If you had to pick one and only one what would it be?

Here are the 8 questions they laid out;

Who was the wizard architect behind Hogwarts?

And why is Hogwarts in Scotland?

What are the limits of the Room of Requirement?

Why do ghosts return to Hogwarts?

Do the students study maths and English?

And what about P.E.?

How many students have died at Hogwarts?

Is Hogwarts alive?

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Here is the order of how the questions should be answered, based on what needs to answered first. i.e. what burning question burns the most.

  • What are the limits of the Room of Requirement?
  • Do the students study maths and English?
  • And what about P.E.?
  • Is Hogwarts alive?
  • How many students have died at Hogwarts?
  • Who was the wizard architect behind Hogwarts?
  • And why is Hogwarts in Scotland?
  • Why do ghosts return to Hogwarts?

The Room of Requirement has always been of huge fascination. It would be hard to find a Potterhead who would not want their very own Room of Requirement. But is there a limit to what it can do? Is there a requirement it cannot fill? If so, would it need renamed to the Room of Requirement (provided you don’t ask about certain things)?

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Question 2 and 3 can be put together really, do they get taught P.E. Maths and English while at Hogwarts. This is something that has been debated before. Witches and Wizards do need to know their Maths and English right? After all, they need to write letters to each other. Count change if they run a shop. Or do they have a spell for that to? They surely need to stay fit as well; it’s good for the health. Or are healers so good there is no point?

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Is the school alive? With all its moving parts and seemingly acting like it has a mind of its own it wouldn’t be surprising if it is. My theory; the founders of are somehow part of the school and therefore the castle is alive. Hopefully an answer will arrive one day.

We know about Moaning Mrytle, and after the Battle of Hogwarts there were more student deaths, and we can’t forget Cedric either, but were there others? In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire it was mentioned how student deaths occurred during the Triwizard tournament, but has there been more? It’s something surely parents should be told after all.

Question 6 and 7 can be put together as well. Who was the architect and why Scotland? We all know the founders came together but did they the architect, all as one? Or did one of them design and the others followed? Or was someone else involved that we have never heard of? And why Scotland? Was it because of the landscape? I suppose it is easier to hide a castle in hilly ground, but then again, they used magic to hide the school so that can’t be it.

Lastly the ghosts? Why Hogwarts of all places? Could it be because the castle is a ghost friendly place? Maybe ghosts aren’t welcome elsewhere. Or is it because these ghosts are all the deaths of Students that have been covered up……

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So what do you think of the ranking? Is this how you would want everything answered? Or would you mix it up a bit? Do you have any of the answers? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts.