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Doing the Math: How many kids are at Hogwarts?

by David Haber

On October 16, 2000, in an interview, J.K. Rowling was asked, "How many students attend Hogwarts, and how many students per year per house?" and she replied, simply, "There are about a thousand students at Hogwarts." And because she said it, this has persisted as the proper answer accepted by most fans. But I don't see how that could be correct.

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Ophelia - Actually, I took it to mean that you don't have to take the class in order to do the exam. Bill and Percy both got 12 OWLs, and it has been greatly implied that there would not be enough time in the schedule to have taken 12 classes as Hermione tried to do in Prisoner of Azkaban, and needed a time-turner to pull it off. So, even though she was not in the Muggle Stus class, she still could have taken the exam, and, of course, would have gotten an O. That's her 11th OWL even though she only took 10 classes.

Posted by monkeeshrines from orlando fl on March 27, 2008 6:18 PM

There are a bunch of students at Hogwarts. I bet there would be at least a thousand students. I wish I was in one of those movies. I would just to be in one of those What about you guys?

Posted by Maddie from Maine on March 28, 2008 10:38 AM

also, some students leave in their last year, and the goblet of fire proves that there are other wizarding school, beuxbatons and durmstang, and maybe there are alot others but just not as good.

Posted by DYLAN ALLPORT from peterborough england on March 29, 2008 06:48 AM

i think there must have been much less than 1000 pupils there only seemed to be 1 teacher per subject theres no way that one teacher could teach that many pupils

Posted by d from scotland on March 29, 2008 11:52 AM

I think there's around 300. I mean in philosphers stone when they took their first flying lessons with the slytherins, there were 20 brooms, so if there's 10 gryffindor and 10 slytherin first years, there's 140 gryffindors and slytherins. with hufflepuff and ravenclaw there's about 280.

Posted by Karishma from Memphis,TN on March 29, 2008 2:52 PM

i'm not sure eitherway but i was (re)reading GoF and in the chapter "The Yule ball" came across "The House tables had vanished; instead, there were about a hundred smaller, lantern-lit ones, each seating about a dozen people."
as we know karkaroff came with 12 students, so did madam maxime i.e. additional 26, and add for musicians etc. from the weird sisters, still it left too many seats if there were fewer strudents which implies that really there must have been around 1000 students (i shall rather call inhabitants) in hogwarts.

Posted by swati from India on April 8, 2008 9:19 PM

Well, i think that there could be 1000 students.
What is meant by double potions, to me, is that it is a double time then it usually is. And since the 4th book, we KNOW that there are more schools. 2 at least. there are Flours school, and Krumps school. there has to be more too. Just because you do not see them in the room, does not mean they are not there. And just because you do not interact with them, doesnt mean they are not there. Think of TV shows that show a school, there are many people in the school, but they do not interact with each other. Also think of regular school. If you are in a big school or were in a big school, did you interact with each and every student(class mate) in the school? if you did you are amazing!

Posted by Ben from USA on April 12, 2008 08:38 AM

Well, a double class that I've always taken means double the time period, not that freshman and seniors were in a class together. So it still could fit to have 36 in a class. And the idea that because there are five boys and girls in Harry's house for his year doesn't necessarily mean that every year and every house garners the same number. Although I do think that when Jo mentions a thousand, she didn't have the numbers exact in her head as to how she reached that number.

Posted by cptwentworth from Indiana on April 13, 2008 10:12 PM

Hey, I'd just like to say I don't think there are necessarily going to be the same amount of people in each dorm as there are in Harry's. I know you said approximately, but, for example, with the Gryffindor Girls of Harry's year we only ever meet Hermione, Lavender and Parvarti. In Malfoys dorm there are only himself, Crabbe and Goyle. This is just what I think and even if you do account for wwhat I've just said your guess is closer than "one thousand". JK probably hadn't thought it over this much.

Posted by fancy fairy cakes from hogwarts, of course on April 15, 2008 02:23 AM

300 students is ridiculous! there must be 1000 students atleast..
the movie is no criteria to decide on anything. even the book for that matter not list the names of all the students. but everytime the book or even, the movie, shows hogwarts, it seems like a huge castle with loads of witches/wizards in the corridors, or grounds/etc.

and we cannot judge muggle teaching standards with the magic world by comparing grade-strength and capacity; or how one teacher for a subject is too less or anything of this sort.

Posted by shreya from bbay, india on April 15, 2008 08:23 AM

I have allways thought that the number of students was a bit bougus, I mean; also with the prefect system; how does it work?

Anyway, I think that the no. of pupils is around 500 with around 250 teachers. But there is evedence against that, in 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets' When Hermione and Harry go into the teachers study; it is described as a normal room with a small fireplace; to small for the Floo-Network.

But yet again in 'Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire' the book says that "Hundreds of students try to put their name down" But then it says youve got to be of age ( 17 yrs old ) So this refers to SOME students in 6th yr and students in 7th year. Now to give the school a fighting chance, there must be at least 100 students in the 7th year and possibly 50 in the 6th yr. together that is around 150 students of age in Hogwarts.

Also; in the Books and the movies (this is the only thing they have in common) Harry, Ron and Hermione hardly ever pass any other students in the corridors or bathrooms.

Posted by Callum from Ravenclaw House, Hogwarts on April 15, 2008 5:57 PM

I don't actually think it matters about the maths. Put it this way, I would have imagined that there are maybe a few more than actually mentioned - random names came up frequently in the books. I don't think it would be possible to mention over 500 peoples names (250 in Gryffindor + 100 x 3 for the other houses) so perhaps she has just stuck to a few prominent names.

Also a point to mention is that this is just a suggestion as to howmany there are - it is up to you and your imagination to discover how many there are.

Posted by Joel from Wales on April 22, 2008 2:16 PM

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