With the summer holidays and the sorting ceremony done The Owl Post wants to welcome new first years to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Be you pureblood, halfblood, or muggleborn, be you Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, you will find a home here in the seven years that lay ahead of you.
But the time flies by and before you know it, you’ll find yourself walking down the steps to the boathouse and, taller, older, and wiser, you will take your seat as a seventh year, leaving Hogwarts for the last time.
You will make mistakes, we can promise you that. You will make friends, allies, meet students from every walk of life and learn from the best of the best. The Owl Post asked the graduating class of 2024 for advice that they would have appreciated hearing when they took their first step in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts.
“Laugh. Laugh until your sides ache and you feel if you laughed any more you would die. Make friends and hold them close but don’t be afraid of speaking your heart and mind. Prove yourself for yourself, and for no one else. Learn from your professors, they may feel like sticks in the mud but they know far better than you. Finally, enjoy yourself.”
-Saffron Macauley (née Foxclaw), former Ravenclaw Head Girl, former Owl Post editor. Reporter for The Daily Prophet
“Don’t let your temper get the best of you. There will be loads of things that may hurt you, make you angry, and make you lose sight of who you are. This is expected, but the important part is how you come back from that. Be kind to those who are not kind to you, give everyone a chance, and allow yourself to be vulnerable, but not a pushover. Hogwarts will offer you some of the best, and worst experiences of your life but it’s up to you to decide which you dwell on. Take chances, because at the end of the day you’ll always remember the risks you took more fondly than the times you chose to play it safe.”
-Charlotte Cobblepot, former Gryffindor Prefect
“You may be coming into Hogwarts with a path that is set for you. Be it because you’re from a pureblood household, like myself, or because your family has a plan for you. Don’t be afraid to divert from that path. With great risk comes great reward. You may find that path you thought was set.. Isn’t quite so. Take advantage of the knowledge from your older students regardless of the house they’re from, especially if they seem happy to share it. That being said… check with your head of house or a Professor you trust before jumping into a tutor.”
-Selenity Rose Celeste Maeve Belmont, former Gryffindor Prefect. Potion Apprentice.
“When you have a good thing right in front of you, don’t let them go or they will end up with some Hufflepuff and engaged talking about colours of a wedding just one table behind you, and you can only think of the smell of strawberries when they are near… Don’t play truth or dare around Edna, do not bring up clocks around Digby, do not replace a skin boil potion with the matrons secret stash of dittany for it may actually may be her beautification potion. Taking your dorm’s bed mattress turning the grand staircase into a game of chicken slides while the staircase is changing may result into one week in the hospital wing and a month’s detention, convincing the students the house elves may have had a visitor putting the potion amortia into the soup surprise nobody touches on valentine’s day may result into lack of soup during that day, creating a fort of books in the library may be a bad idea where they force you to put them all back and the rest of the book returns in it’s place as punishment without magic. If you don’t find thrill in these small tedious things when someone tells you not to do something you won’t find what making Hogwarts your home is all about: acquiring some of the best friends that last a lifetime.”
-Seth Nyte, Slytherin, The traveling free spirit.
“Be true and honest with yourself and loyal to your friends and your school. Do not however suffer fools lightly and you may come across quite a few of those. The most important thing to remember is that you will get a lot out of your time at Hogwarts. Make sure that you give a lot back!”
-Jesse Elman, Former Hufflepuff Head Boy
“Don’t blow up your wand… oh and don’t p*ss off the Veelas.”
-Travis Martin, Former Hufflepuff Prefect
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as the powerful Dumbledore once said. “Help will always be given to those who ask for it.” Enjoy your time at the castle, explore everything and make friends. Treat the castle as your home because it will be and just have fun.”
-Desiree Morris, Former Hufflepuff Prefect