(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards, Dubiously Omniscient Life Ruiner)
Dear Mr. Potter,
We are pleased and frankly a little apprehensive to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment, and may they protect you on the dark and dangerous journey that lies ahead.
Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July, otherwise you will be barred from admission. Should you attempt to approach the castle thereafter, we will be forced to release the hounds.
Good night, and good luck.
Deputy Headmistress Transfiguration Professor
First-year students will require:
Three sets of plain work robes (black), which you will wear for approximately two years and then never again
One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear (see above) (we actually just make the first years wear them because it’s funny)
One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar), because as an eleven-year-old child you just never know what kind of noxious substances you’ll be handling
One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings), which is optional, I suppose, but good luck tracking down unicorns and werewolves in the death forest without a good cloak
Please note that all pupil’s clothes should carry name tags. Filch steals them sometimes and we don’t yet know why.
All students should have a copy of each of the following:
Basically Just a Glossary of Magic (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk
My Name Will Be Important Later So Don’t Forget It by Bathilda Bagshot
Essentially the Wizarding Version of Your AP Bio Textbook by Adalbert Waffling
Transfiguration for Dummies by Emeric Switch
I Felt Compelled to Pursue Herbology As a Career Path Because Of My Name by Phyllida Spore
If Harry Had Cracked This One Open Even Once, He Would’ve Known What You Get By Adding Powdered Root of Asphodel to an Infusion of Wormwood by Arsenius Jigger
The Next Big Warner Bros. Money-Spinner by Newt Scamander
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection That Nobody Will Bother to Read Until Fifth Year by Quentin Trimble
1 wand (maybe bring a spare, just in case yours gets snapped in half by the sentient tree we insist on keeping here for some reason) 1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2) 1 set glass or crystal phials 1 telescope 1 set brass scales
Students may also bring, if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad (but don’t really bring a toad—as a pet it’s not worth much, and as a status symbol it’s worth even less).
PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICK
THIS RULE IS NULL AND VOID IF YOU DEFEATED A DARK WIZARD IN YOUR INFANCY