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Have you ever dared to dream about visiting a castle upon a magnificent lake that hides a magical secret? Hogwarts School of Wizardry is just the place. A very unusual school for the special few that have magical abilities and powers.
If you have found yourself accidently performing magic that you have no control over maybe you aren’t just a muggle after all …maybe you’re a wizard just like Harry!
Take a look at our Hogwarts Back to School checklist to ensure you are fully prepared for your stay and don’t end up roaming the halls like a dementor…
#1 Hogwarts Threads
Don’t leave from platform 9 ¾’s without a plain black robe and equally magical black pointed hat. This is going to be your go-to outfit for day to day spells and practising your magical abilities.
If you’re feeling especially adventurous you could always pack an invisibility cloak or use a bedazzling hex on an ordinary cloak – up to you! This will be useful if you want to sneak down to the Hogwarts kitchen for a cheeky midnight snack.
#2 Which Hogwarts house do you belong in?
So you have arrived at THE most exciting school every imagined…now for the sorting hat to choose your house. During the great banquet this magical hat will be placed on your head and will consider which of the school houses you will belong to. With four houses named after the founders of Hogwarts; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin - which will be the house for you?
#3 Magical Wand
You will acquire your wand just before you start your magical education, your wand will be of great importance during your stay at Hogwarts. No two wands are the same and you will need it to perform magic and spells. Don’t forget the wand chooses the wizard so await your chosen wood and begin casting incantations immediately! And if you accidently lose it don’t panic! Take a little trip down Diagon Alley to visit Mr Ollivander – possibly the BEST wand maker in Britain…
#4 An Owl
Yes, your stay certainly won’t be complete without your very own enchanting pet. This wonderful and bewitching creature will be your friend through thick and thin, helping you with a simple tasks like mail delivery and then advising with the occasional reproachful hoot.
#5 Broom Broom
What better way to get around the school than on your very own broomstick. No matter the brand of broom (from Nimbus Racing Brooms to the standard Universal Broom) you are going to be whizzing through the air on a portable, cheap mode of transportation. Watch out for splinters though…
Your broom will also be essential in playing of sports at Hogwarts (best to stay off the butterbeer before you mount). Master the skill of riding your broom and get involved in competitive games like Quiditch, capture the snitch and become Quiditch champion of Hogwarts!
#6 Standard Book of Spells
Don’t be a magical novice, dive straight in with the help of your book of spells. With plenty of magic to try such as a Summoning Charm, Expelliarmus and Wingardium Leviosa you will be summoning other wizards, disarming them and then levitating them in the air before you can say Ron Weasley.