Pottermore; bonus content, Hogwarts admissions process

20 Jun

Just a short post this week, I have relatives staying and the house is chaos.


Bonus content on Pottermore about the Hogwarts admissions process: there’s a locked tower somewhere with a book and quill on a table. There’s no ink, absolutely nobody has any idea how it even works (lol JK couldn’t think of anything), but apparently as soon as a child shows signs of magic the quill tries to write their name down and the book somehow decides whether to allow it or not? If the evidence of magical ability isn’t ‘dramatic’ enough the book shuts and won’t let the quill write the name down. So it’s even stupider than we thought; whether someone gets in or not is entirely dependent on the will of a sentient book nobody understands. And nobody’s ever tried to change this BLOODY STUPID system, or work out how it works.

JK, I think I preferred it when you refused to explain anything.


I remember her mentioning the quill/book system before and I’ll say the same thing now I said then: THIS IS STUPID! She’s showing her children’s book roots again. I thought these were supposed to be SERIOUS and GROWN UP and have real worldbuilding and all that other shite she’s tried to pass them off as. I agree with you, it was better when she wasn’t trying to explain things.


Posted by on June 20, 2014 in loten, mitchell


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4 responses to “Pottermore; bonus content, Hogwarts admissions process

  1. TheOtherMelinda

    June 21, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    It seems like there’s at least one extra step in there? If the book can detect how much magic on its own shouldn’t you be able to just have one magic thing that senses wizards writes down the powerful ones?

    Is it purely anti-muggle racism, by the way? Can they only accept so many students so they just take the top however many they can fit because not training them results in explosions? Did Rowling even think this through far enough to justify her weird elitism?

    • Loten

      June 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      You’d think so, wouldn’t you?

      Given that nobody’s tried to change this system in the however many centuries Hogwarts has existed, I’m guessing it started as anti-Muggle racism, and now it’s just laziness. Given the class sizes we see in canon and things like, e.g. the number of students in Harry’s dormitory etc., there’s no way they don’t have space, Hogwarts is far, far larger than it needs to be for the number of students. Though we’re going to be looking at all the many many instances of numbers fail in the re-read, because dear me there are a lot.

      Rowling not thinking things through is pretty much her trademark by now. This could have been a semi-interesting idea with a bit of tweaking.

  2. Ani J. Sharmin

    July 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Yeah, the magic book/quill didn’t make sense to me either. I mean, how did the book come into existence? Did it just magically appear? Did someone invent/create it? If someone invented it, how did they determine who got into Hogwarts before the book was created? It’d make a lot more sense to have some sort of test to detect magic or even just do something like the X-Men (people knowing they’re a witch/wizard when powers manifest).

    • Loten

      July 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

      People know they’re witches or wizards when their powers manifest anyway, hence Neville’s relatives abusing him to make his magic do something so they’d know he wasn’t a Squib, and Lily flying off the swing, and Harry doing weird stuff. The inexplicable book from nowhere just decides whether you’re special enough to get into Hogwarts. If the book doesn’t like you, you’re screwed and just have to spend the rest of your life hoping you don’t set yourself on fire.


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