By Anne Peesi
There’s a theory that any muggleborn witch or wizard has a squib ancestor, so in that theory no muggleborn witch or wizard is truly ‘muggleborn’. Apparently, however, it’s difficult enough to trace your family tree, let alone trace it and decide which was the squib. So when you come to school as a Muggleborn you more than likely had no idea of the our world, which is now your world too, and were faced with magic being a reality and leaving your parents for long periods of time.
Homesickness happens to all of us. As the years went on we got less and less homesick but for your first year it’s perfectly normal to miss home! If you didn’t choose an owl as your familiar just get an older student to take you to the owlery (see previous article on who is best to ask for this) and use one of the school owls to write home. Usually they’re quite subtle about dropping off mail to muggle parents so don’t fret about that.
Magic isn’t simple. You may think that magic is waving your wand and saying the words but there is far more to it, I’m sure now that it’s November you’ve realised there is more to Hogwarts than Charms and Transfiguration however one thing you must tell yourself; when you get a poor mark on your homework, your spell backfires, or you get bitten by a screech snap. We were all novices. Witches and wizards brought up in a magic household have no more advantage than a witch or wizard who wasn’t.
Technology? Yes, technology doesn’t work at Hogwarts. Magic strongly interferes with electricity making your mobile phone, computer, and the likes, obsolete. Don’t fret, there are other methods. Who doesn’t want to spend 3 hours in the library instead of googling it. (For those who do not know, ‘Google’ is a magical way to find non magical information.)
Watch your step. The stairs move, that’s obvious enough the moment you head to your common room on the first night. What you may not know is that rooms move. Ravenclaw common room moved to a whole different tower over the summer of 2022! And a few doors like to stop working… and the trick step, watch out for that one.
Blood is thicker than water. Apparently. Since the Second Wizarding War blood status has become less of a thing. Sadly some parents indoctrinate their children into believing it is and so recently the “M Word” has been thrown around like it’s the new “fetch” (apologies pure/half bloods who don’t get the reference.)
The M Word isn’t cool, but it also shouldn’t be spouted off like it’s derogatory. Muggleborn and proud. Mudblood and proud. Let us take back the word ‘mudblood’, let it’s festering bile no longer taint the tongues of pureblood supremacists and let it roll off of our tongues with joy and laughter. Our blood is not dirtied by our muggle heritage, it is pure with the magical that is within us. Let the muggleborns of the school unite, make each time it is spoken in insult less powerful as we claim it our own.