Being late to class because of the moving stairs
One thing you need to know about Hogwarts before you start your magical journey, is that “the castle is a stronghold of ancient magic” (Albus Dumbledore) and the stairs are no exception to this. Most Hogwarts freshers fall victim to the magical stairs, disrupting their original path to class and making them late. To avoid this, test run your route so you don't end up in the Prefect's Bathroom when you should be in 4F for History of Magic.
An ill-tempted squib, Filch is Hogwarts' caretaker and it's best not to get on the wrong side of him. While he is by no means evil, if you tick him off he, along with his cat Mrs Norris, will try to make your life as difficult as they can. His knowledge of the castle is unparalleled, so if you want to sneak out at night, make sure you’ve perfected your Polyjuice Potion so you go undetected.
Over eating at the start of term feast
From pumpkin pie to roast beef, the feast provides an unlimited amount of food for students for their first night at Hogwarts. While it’s a lovely way to welcome old and new students, some wizards have been known to overindulge, vomiting and being left howling more than Moaning Myrtle. Pace yourself and you won’t be the laughing stock of your house’s common room.
Underestimating the Whomping Willow
Even if you have drunk a bucketful of Felix Felicis, it’s not going to be easy getting past the Whomping willow. Planted in 1971 to hide a secret passage to the shrieking shack, the Willow is a violent plant and will attack anyone or thing that comes too close. So unless you want a visit from Madam Pomfrey, it’s probably best that you admire the tree from afar.
Thinking you can take on a Bludger
Made of iron and approx. 10 inches in diameter, Bludgers are lethal and are used to try and knock players off their broom during a Quidditch match. Too often Hogwarts Freshers get a little too cocky and try and take the balls on. The last thing you want during a match is to be hit in the stomach with a rouge Bludger and Madam Hooch have to carry you off to The Hospital Wing, so stick to chasing that snitch.
Using You Know Who’s real name in a class.
Whether you are muggle born or you have a long history of wizards in your family, try to avoid using You Know Who’s full name in class. Voldemort is without a doubt a divisive wizard and while some of your fellow wizards may be comfortable with you using his name, others may feel disrespected. Voldemort and his followers may have murdered family members of your classmates, so be respectful and refer to him as "You Know Who".
What are you top tips for freshers starting at Hogwarts? Are there any blunders you did? Any advice you'd like to share?
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Ask Nearly Headless Nick how he's nearly headless and creep out all the first years
- 22-11-2017 17:32
Going down the basement.
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I'm sorry, but there is one bit of advice here I cannot condone. Polyjuice potion is extremely dangerous, and nigh impossible to make for a first-year student. It is not recommended at Hogwarts or anywhere else.
If you want to sneak around, I suggest either buying an invisibility cloak from the nearest joke store, or getting an older student to perform the Disillusionment charm on you. Just be aware that for the former, you should check it before every use - you never know when the charm will wear off.