Posted: May 1 2016, 07:53 PM
Now that the ministry has stepped in, there are certain consistent things about all three of the European schools. Despite their only little intricacies prior to this movement, all of the three schools now run a seven year system for their students. They are also forced by law to accept any and all students (much to Durmstrang’s chagrin), so this includes all backgrounds, all blood purities and so on. It also means if an English student wants to be based in Durmstrang or a French student in Hogwarts, they have to be accepted. This also means that squibs can attend these schools. A system that has been in place for years at Hogwarts and is now being adapted to the other two establishments, squibs can take non-wand classes at the schools such as potions, herbology and magical theory.
The gates, present in the grounds of each of the three schools, is the only way to travel directly between the campuses. It acts like a portal of sorts: step through one of two gates (i.e. at Hogwarts there is a Beauxbatons gate and a Durmstrang gate) and you will cross into the grounds of the school in question. All gates officially open at 8:30 am, in the middle of breakfast at each of the schools, ready for classes that begin at 9 am. They then stay open all day until 5:30 pm, in the middle of dinner, after classes have ended for the day. This is the same on weekends, so that students can attend clubs hosted at other schools (see post below for all club details), or just so they can socialise or access the best facilities for their studies. Much like with Hogsmeade trips in the books, only students in their third year and up can travel between the schools. Those in their first two years must stay in their home schools at all times.
The schools now follow a stricter syllabus as well. All students must take the below ‘core classes’ throughout all seven years of their schooling. These classes are taken in the students’ home school and by all years. In years one and two at each school, these are the ONLY classes taken as they cannot travel between the schools. Third years and up can choose their electives as usual, but now they can pick from a selection offered by all three schools. Despite most classes originally being offered by all three schools, now the electives are only available at the location with the most fitting facilities or the most superior teachers, which, trust, has caused quite enough controversy in itself.
The staff of each school are 'encouraged' to eat together at lunches during the week, usually in one of the three staff lounges. These staff lunches are meant to further fortify the integration of the schools by allowing staff to discuss classes and students in an environment enveloping all three schools and cultures. Although these lunches are technically voluntary, there are often consequences for not attending them: wouldn't want people to think the staff weren't supportive of this merge, would we?
One final note while we're on the subject of staff, under this new educational system an apprenticeship scheme for future professors has been put in place to ensure all teachers at the schools understand the new syllabus and have had enough training and experience to provide the best standard for the children. As such, on exit from school at the age of 18, future professors will enter a five year program where they will work as a teaching assistant in one of the three schools while they study. After the five years, they can then take up a staff role at any school not just the one they studied at, which means that all professors must be over the age of 23 in order to have completed the apprenticeship.
Core classes: Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, Defence Against the Dark Arts, History of Magic
Competitive clubs: Quidditch
Long since established as the pinnacle of all wizarding education, it was Hogwarts that the ministry took most of its inspiration from when reshaping the three schools into an integrated system. It historically is the most accepting of the three schools, with the most consistent exam results and a history of famous alumni. However, it has been known to allow its students slightly too much freedom and has often been criticised for its safety standards. Obviously with the ministry’s input these issues should soon be resolved, so there’s nothing to fear about sending your children here these days!
As we all know, Hogwarts separate its students by personality into their four houses. Gryffindor is home to the brave and determined, Ravenclaw houses the intelligent and the creative, Hufflepuff is for the hardworking and the loyal while Slytherin is the place for the ambitious and the cunning. The classes that Hogwarts uniquely offer are seen as the more generic or ‘classical’ subjects.
Students at Hogwarts generally do their shopping for school supplies a Diagon Alley in London, hidden behind a brick wall in the back of The Leaky Cauldron. It's quite a claustrophobic little street but it has everything you could possibly need, and it's always crowded with adults as well, everyone keen to make the most of this little wizard's only section of the capital.
Specialist classes: Herbology, Magical Law, Astronomy, Study of Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures, Muggle Studies
Clubs: Muggle Club, Book Club, Gardening Club
Seen as the most liberal of the three schools, and certainly the least academically focused, Beauxbatons has a reputation for being a more ‘artsy’ school. It is certainly true that they encourage their students to take classes in both the muggle and magical arts, and to broaden their horizons from academics alone. However they’re also big on etiquette and chivalry, and hold their students to very high standards which they fully expect them to live up to across all three campuses. And there are consequences for those that do not.
In order to get away from any unfair or detrimental ‘sorting’ like its neighbouring schools participate in, Beauxbatons decided to simply split its students by gender. Therefore, there is a Boy’s Dormitory and a Girl’s Dormitory and no other criteria for splitting. Despite being quite a modern school, Beauxbatons doesn’t seem to realise the problem this particular assignment can cause, but all in good time. There is another group of students within the walls of Beauxbatons though, known only as the ‘Elite’. The Elite are students that show exceptional talent in a particular area (anything from academics to theatre to culinary), although apparently if the school receives a generous enough ‘donation’ from you, you can buy your way in as well. Most students are sorted into the Elite dorm at the beginning of their schooling, but it is possible to be transferred into it over the summer break, if the student does well enough in a 'test' for their skill the year before (or the 'donation' appears before the next term starts...) These students get a grander dorm and access to facilities far superior to those of the rest of the school. Controversially though, even though these new schools are supposed to be ‘all-inclusive’, only Beauxbatons students are allowed access to this group and their benefits.
The students of Beauxbatons are lucky enough to gather their school supplies in the grandest wizarding shopping area in the world. The Champs-Elysium, located practically on top of the famous muggle Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, hidden in the classic magical way so that only the wizarding population can venture into it. It is the pinnacle of fashion, technology and all things modern, and wizards and witches flock from the world around just to look at the dazzling shop window displays. So the Beauxbatons students are really quite lucky to get to shop around for books there, don't you think?
Specialist classes: Divination, Philosophy, International Magic, Technosorcery, Various "Talent" Courses for the Elites
Clubs: Dance Club, Theatre Club, Music Club
Historically known for its teaching of the Dark Arts, the ministry was very quick to intervene with Durmstrang when the new initiative was put into action. In fact, it was a large driving factor for the educational program in the first place, along with Durmstrang’s strict policy of no muggleborns students. This has also been addressed in the new program, although the headmaster still seems to be wiggling his way out of accepting the majority of them somehow… Either way, Durmstrang’s reputation for highly focused, competitive teaching methods and disciplined students is well earned. Fires are only lit when absolutely necessary despite the school being victim to 24 hours of night at certain parts of the year, not to mention the snow and the cold that make up the majority of its weather. The students there are tough, even without access to the darker side of magic.
Though it’s considered a harsh system by most, Durmstrang separate its students based on their academic success. Before joining the school, each student must take an entrance exam that briefly covers all of the core subjects, and their grade on this exam decides their ‘Set’. At the end of each year when final exams are taken, any dramatic changes in average grade across the subjects can sometimes result in students moving between Sets. Set 1 is for the top of the school, the best all-rounders, the perfect students. Set 2 is for the middle of the road students, not shining stars but certainly still functioning well at the school. And Set 3 are for the bottom of the year group in grades, the ones who either don't try or whose abilities lie outside of academics. Unfortunately Set 3 is often written off by the aggressively competitive teachers as ‘hopeless’, and so are not getting the support they need.
Unlike the other two schools. Durmstrang does not encourage frivolous shopping under the guise of it being 'for school'. As such, beside the personal things like wands and pets, Durmstrang provided its students with their supplies when they first arrive in September. There is, however, a private wizard shopping area that one can visit when up in the Northern hemisphere. Whenever the Northern Lights can be seen visibly in the sky, a wizard need only say 'Aurora Doorealis' (because the magical world so adores its puns) with wand pointing towards them to be transported to this secret little hamlet, the actual location of which is unknown to even the shopkeepers who work there.
Specialist classes: Magical Theory, History & Theory of the Dark Arts, Alchemy, Ancient Studies, Wand Lore, Arithmancy
Clubs: Wizard Chess Club, Duelling Club, Gobstones Club
Posted: Aug 15 2016, 08:35 AM
At the moment, there are only four clubs at each of the three schools. Each school has their own Quidditch club, and three specially selected clubs that best highlight the principles and traditions of the institution in question (according to the Ministry anyway). Read on for more information about what all these new additions have to offer.
During the school year, these clubs will act via an internal system within each school. For example, Hogwarts will have its own Quidditch teams who will practice and compete on Hogwarts grounds during the year, just like prior to the Ministry's intervention. In the summer months however, there will be an inter-school competition, where the winning team from each of the three schools will meet and compete for victory against their neighbours. Currently, the only club to be treated in this way is Quidditch, but successful competitive style clubs (e.g. Durmstrang's Duelling Club) may be promoted to multi-school if enough interest is shown.
Within the schools, the teams and players are organised differently. Hogwarts is as we all remember it, but for example at Beauxbatons, there is a Boys team, Girls team and Elites team. These three compete during the year but at the end of each match merit is given to particular players, and at the end of the year, a final team is created from the star players from all three original teams. It is these players that go to the summer competition.
At Durmstrang, there are also three teams, an A team, a B team and a C team. The A team is hand picked by the professors to be the best players the school can provide. The B team, is a sort of back-up team, providing a place for any other students who show potential but for who do not quite meet the standards of the A team. The C team is a team put together entirely by students, and can hold anyone of any ability. Set 3 students can only join the C team, as regardless of their talent, Durmstrang professors will not pick them for the first two teams on the basis that they should be focusing on their academics instead. These three teams compete throughout the year, and the winning team (usually predicted to be the A team but this isn't always the case) then competes in the summer.
All three schools host Quidditch training and any Quidditch matches on a Sunday.
SCHOOL SPECIFIC CLUBS
The first thing to note about this section is that all students are encouraged to sign up to at least one school-specific club to promote extra curricular education and thorough integration of the three schools, but this is no longer compulsory as it was in the 2016/17 school year. The 'sign-up sheets' for the clubs can be found in the IC Claims board. The current list of clubs at each of the schools are as follows:
As the ministry implements the new system, they are trying a simplified version first to test the waters, and once everything is settled, an opportunity will be available for students to create and run their own clubs, so keep an eye out for that.
All school specific clubs meet for one hour a week in the location and at the time stated besides each of the above clubs.
Posted: May 31 2017, 06:04 PM
okay, well we pretty much already know what the informal hogwarts uniforms look like, and i definitely don't take credit for these, but let's go through anyway for the sake of cohesion!
parts of the formal hogwarts uniform were descried in the book. a large cloak with silver fastenings and a wizard's hat were both on the school supply list, so this is my interpretation!
the casual beauxbatons uniforms are still quite fancy, and are made of some of the best material around. beauxbatons also has some of the strictest uniform policies. All students must look impeccably well put together at all times.
the formal beauxbatons uniform is based more around what we see in the movie, with some flair and additions by me.
the durmstrang uniform is probably the most practical of the three. warm pants and shirts, dragon-hide gloves and lined boots make the uniforms perfect for the cold climate. there is no distinction between male and female uniforms.
again, the formal durmstrang uniform has been based off the movies, with some little additions by me. it's still fairly simplistic and practical, owing to the school's stiff reputation.
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