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Wizarding World - Everything Magical

Wizards Young and Old

Infants

  • magic quill at Hogwarts notes the birth of a magical child and his or her name goes on list for Hogwarts

  • magic not always apparent in a child

  • can be born a Squib but this might not be known for several for years

  • can be born to Muggles

Children

Even small children can use wands to create magic, but it's uncontrolled.

  • Fred and George once turned Ron's teddy bear into a spider (CS9)

  • Kevin enlarged a slug while playing with his dad's wand, but got in trouble for it (GF7)

  • play with toys which have limited magic, such as toy brooms that float a little above the ground (GF7)

  • no "elementary school" specifically for wizarding children; some attend Muggle schools, others are home schooled (WBD)

  • During Harry's first year, Ginny was not yet old enough to go to Hogwarts, but desperately wanted to (PS6)

  • a Muggle family will start to realize that there is something unusual about their child if he or she is magical

School age

  • receive letter before their first year, typically the summer that they're eleven

    • trained Muggle liaison witches and wizards deliver the letter to Muggle families

  • begin schooling with little actual magical understanding or ability (Harry found that he was not really far behind when he got there)

  • sorted, take classes at Hogwarts

  • are not allowed to use magic outside of school or even in the corridors between classes at Hogwarts

  • seven years of training

    • OWLs and career advice in May-June of their fifth year

    • more specialized classes chosen to help toward their career in sixth and seventh years

    • NEWTs in June of their seventh year

  • become "of age" when they turn seventeen, even if they are still in school

  • essay: British Schooling in the 1970s

  • All children who are not Squibs are sent invitations to attend Hogwarts, but they don't all accept

  • It is possible to be expelled from Hogwarts and never finish the training to become "fully qualified wizard"

    • it is also possible to quit before the full seven years are done

    • Fred and George left school part way through their seventh year (OP29)

    • Seamus Finnigan's mother didn't want him to return to Hogwarts for his fifth year (OP11)

    • Draco Malfoy's father considered sending him to Durmstrang -- he didn't say whether this was a decision made before Draco first started or after some years passed (GF11)

    • Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts at the end of his third year

  • NOTE: they do not "graduate" from school, they "leave" school; "high school graduation" is an American phrase

Adulthood

Upon leaving Hogwarts, witches and wizards are considered "fully qualified". This is not the same as being "of age," which is simply a matter of turning 17; seventh year students are often "of age" even though they haven't become fully qualified (OP5).

  • can apply for a license to Apparate when they turn seventeen and come of age (even if they haven't left school)

  • take up a vocation

  • There is no wizard university (Sch1).

Old Age

Wizards can live longer than Muggles.

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