Not a day goes by that one, two, or twelve of you students come through the hospital wing with some sort of ailment or another. Broken bones, fingers falling off, coughs, colds, swollen noses and Merlin knows what else. We cure it all, myself and the other healers.
There is one question I hear time and time again. “How long will this take?”
Of course, it’s quite an understandable one to ask. What with students coming from an array of different magical backgrounds; some might expect a broken bone to mend in a heartbeat while another will be preparing to spend the better part of a week making their recovery. While the magic taught at Hogwarts is vast and incredibly important, it’s quite acceptable for the even average witch or wizard of age to not fully know what the healing process might involve unless they themselves have spent a night or two in a wizarding hospital. I’m here to answer that question and perhaps interest some readers in the complicated discipline that is healing magic.
At the average muggle institution, countless years of experience, experimentation and practice is transferred into knowledge that they can use to combat ailments. Still, I have yet to see any practice of theirs heed results in less than a day. Magic on the other hand, is quite different.
A broken bone, for example, anywhere from a fracture to a shatter can be cured in a heartbeat with a quick spell. The surrounding muscles might be sore for an hour or two, but I guarantee you will have a fully intact and useful limb. The same goes for the aftermath of jinxes and hexes. I once stitched five fingers back on a girl in under a half hour before sending her back out the door. Another time I banished bats from the nose of a boy before fixing up any bleeding with a quick mending charm. These types of ailments can almost always be countered within the span of an hour, tops. Magic really does do wonderful things.
Now, to be fair, as lovely potions and charms can be when we suffer from broken bodies, they aren’t always the answer. While Glover Hipworth managed to invent a marvelous little potion called the pepper-up (which is quite effective in treating the common cold) most viruses and natural illnesses we contract are best treated with rest and a nice bowl of soup. In my professional opinion, that approach will have any bug running for the hills within a matter of days.
Of course I’m sure you’re all thinking that there must be something more. We can’t have it that easy can we? Well no. Most of what we face as a magical race can be easily cleared up within twenty four hours, in fact most of what you will face at school I daresay hope falls under this category. But as my experience working for Saint Mungo’s has taught me, there are many much more serious viruses and hexes that can knock even the strongest of wizards off their feet and straight into bed. If one of these should befall a student in my care they would be sent straight to the hospital. As much experience as I have, Hogwarts is a school, not an urgent care unit.
All in all, to answer the question I posed earlier: you should expect a stay in the wing to take between sixty-seven-and-a-half seconds, to twenty-four hours before you can get back to your wand waving, broom flying and mischief. Anything less is barely a foot in the door while anything more is a ticket straight to a proper healing facility.
Hope you all remain well,