Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad (PS5)

Pets at Hogwarts

Everyone is familiar with Ron‘s pet Scabbers, who turns out to be Peter Pettigrew, a traitor who sold out the Potters to Voldemort. What I’ve always wondered though, is how Ron was able to bring him to Hogwarts? In Harry’s Hogwarts letter in The Philosopher’s Stone, it says: “Students may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad.” A rat is not one of these three pets. What’s also interesting is that Ron said Scabbers was originally Percy’s pet and that he brought him to Hogwarts as well.

You do also see occurrences of other pets at Hogwarts that are not cats, owls, or toads. In The Half-Blood Prince, Ginny brings her pet Pygmy Puff Arnold to Hogwarts and it is also noted in Philosopher’s Stone that Lee Jordan has a pet Tarantula. It appears that this rule of bringing an owl, cat, or toad, is really more of a guideline of the common pets at Hogwarts and not a steadfast rule. Looks like Scabbers lucked out. What pet would you bring to Hogwarts?



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