• Areas of knowledge Astronomy is the study of celestial bodies and their movements. In typical Muggle usage, “astronomy” denotes a scientific discipline. In the wizarding world, astronomy also encompasses astrology and connects with Divination, particularly for the Centaurs. Astronomy affects magic in direct ways, which is why the subject is studied at Hogwarts. Read More
• Hogwarts academics Astronomy is a compulsory subject for the first five years at Hogwarts. The Astonomy professor is Aurora Sinistra. The class meets at midnight at the top of the Astronomy Tower. Essays for the theory portion involve learning a lot of facts — Ron and Harry’s fifth year essay on Jupiter’s moons, for example… Read More
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Within the Harry Potter stories are many scenes that can be analyzed astronomically. As both an astronomer and a teacher, these interest me, and so I will present such analysis here. My goal is not to criticize Rowling when she is inaccurate in her astronomy (or, for that matter, to praise her when she… Read More