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Welcome to another year at Hogwarts


It’s September the first, and young witches and wizards have converged on King’s Cross Station in London for the journey north to Hogwarts. Me, I’m just working through all the emails I’ve received with suggestions for edits, updates, corrections, and additions to the Lexicon. Unfortunately, there’s no Welcoming Feast awaiting me at the end of the day. On the other hand, I won’t have to travel the whole day on a train with nothing to eat but sweets from the trolley. I mean, seriously, I love Bertie Botts but for a day-long train trip I’d rather have a sandwich or two. Even corned beef. And maybe a nice ripe tomato. Okay, now I’m hungry. (If you enjoy the descriptions of food in Harry Potter like I do, you’ll appreciate the blog “Harry Potter Recipes“).

So another Hogwarts year begins. Let’s see, the defeat of Voldemort was in 1998, which is eleven years ago. The children starting school today will have been born, then, during that final terrifying year of danger and suspicion and war. Harry’s year was similar, having been born in 1980, at the height of Voldemort’s first rise to power. I wonder if the number of students this year is fairly small, just as the number of kids in Harry’s year seems to have been quite small. Ah, the fun of speculating and discussing Harry Potter!


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  • Big_Kelpie

    So, Teddy Lupin is going to Hogwarts, right?

  • Wally

    Excellent post. This really hadn’t
    occured to me before. It’s kinda fun
    to speculate on things based on what
    we know.

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  • hpboy13

    That’s right, Teddy’s off to Hogwarts! I wonder what house he got sorted in?

  • JML

    My guess would be Gryffindor, since his dad was in Gryffindor, and he would have a lot of Gryffindor influence around him, what with Harry, Ginny and the Weasley family around. πŸ™‚

  • hpboy13

    Maybe so, but Tonks was a Hufflepuff, and he was raised by his grandma Andromeda (wonder what house SHE was in…) so I’d say Hufflepuff is just as good a guess.

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  • Quentin

    I meant “the”…

  • Weaslylover

    Teddy’s grandma Andromeda would have been in Slytherin. She was Sirius’s cousin, and was blasted off the tapestry for marrying a muggle.

  • Pittsburghmuggle

    There might be a HUGE number of students – people kept in and hiding from the authorities. Remember Arthur and Molly got married because no one knew what would be happening next.

  • Changeling

    Andromeda a Slytherin? You’re joking! She would probably have been a Griffindor; I don’t know about you, but I think it’d take courage for a Black to marry a Muggle-born!

    Good luck, Teddy!

  • Princess

    I think Andromeda was in Slytherin, Jo said ALL of the Blacks except Sirius, and Slughorn said all of Sirius’s family had been in Slytherin and that he would have liked the set. I agree with Weaslylover, and Changeling is right, it would take courage for a Black to marry a Muggle-born, but Andromeda, being a Slytherin, would know how to get what she wanted. And as Dumbledore said, I sometimes think we sort too early.

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  • Mari

    Well, won’t Lily Potter Jr. and Rose Weasley be going too?

  • tracy

    just because Andromeda was a “Black” does not necessarily put her in Slytherin. Sirius was sorted into Gryffindor

  • Andromeda Granger

    I got into Ravenclaw.Malfoy got a detention in Herbology today.

  • Paige

    I can’t believe Sirius was blamed, I mean I know he actually tried to kill Peter but he certainly had his reasons!

  • taylor

    just because you are in slytherin doesn’t mean yo are a bad person, it’s just all the dark wizards have come from slytherin.

    Well, wonÒ€ℒt Lily Potter Jr. and Rose Weasley be going too?
    no- they are much younger than teddy, remeber the epilogue is 19 years later so ted was already out of hogwarts

  • Christopher Hobe Morrison

    The thing about Voldemort is that just because he is gone it isn’t necessarily true that someone else won’t take the same path. The thing about Voldemort is that he was an extraordinarily gifted child and didn’t get the respect he needed, which caused him to go off in the wrong direction. Of course he expected too much, and was filled with bitterness. Of course the bitterness came from his muggle father, not his mother. This is an interesting dilemna, the muggle hatred for all that is magic, and Voldemort’s wanting to destroy all muggles. This is suicidal, and of course it turns out that Voldemort’s hatred gets turned inward and he destroys himself. In Don Giovani the don is always being told to repent, but his pride is more powerful than any other feelings he has, and he follows the same path. But even more so in Voldemort, whose attempts to make himself more powerful and vulnerable only make him less and less humane, and he gets weaker and weaker every time even though apparently more powerful.

    Notice that Potter calls him Voldemort, using the name Voldemort has chosen for himself, the other characters call him “He Who Must Not Be Named”, granting him even more power. Now, there is one person who calls him Tom, which is his original name and the name he was known by before he turned to evil. You may know that it is a traditional belief that if you call a spirit or a person by their true name it gives you a certain power over them. You also get the idea why Dumbledore is maybe even more than Potter the person who must be destroyed. Potter is the embodiment of Voldemort’s weakness, but Dumbledore knows what that weakness is.

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  • Christopher Hobe Morrison

    Oh yes, I didn’t mean that the new Voldemorts would be as powerful or as evil. Probably not, but the possibility of their rising is always there.

  • Hermione Jean Granger

    I was actually born in 1998 and would also be starting my first year at Hogwarts in 1998!

  • Moldy_Voldy

    I think Andromeda’s case was similar to Snape’s, she was in Slytherin but had many qualities of a Gryffindor.

  • Hermione Jean Granger2

    Princess is wrong. When Slughorn said all of Sirius’ family were in Slytherin he was only reffering to Sirius’ immediate family. And when he said he wanted ‘the set’ he meant Regulus and Sirius and not anyone else. Also, I am quite sure that Andromeda was in Gryffindor because, as I said before, when Slughorn said that all Sirius’ family were in Slytherin, he only meant Sirius’ immediate family. My proof is that Nymphadora was sorted into Hufflepuff and she was Sirius’ cousin. Gryffindor is the house brave and couragous people are sorted into. Like Changeling said, Andromeda would have been brave to marry a muggle-born.