I was wondering how muggle-born students get the diagon ally for the first time. Any thoughts? -Kahlen (Hufflepuff)
I’m a little disappointed we never got any real explanation on this, but I see it as going one of two ways…
When you receive your letter, you’re prompted to reply with any questions. Most parents of 11 year olds that are going to be sending their kids somewhere (summer camp, visiting family alone, boarding schools, etc) are going to want to be in communication with the people in charge of wherever their kid is going. SO I imagine, most parents would write back with a million parent-y questions, including “hey what’s the school’s address so I can tour the campus/drop my kid off” to which McGonagall (in Harry’s day) would reply explaining some of the details about the protection of the school, its vicinity, how the kid will get to school and how the parent can continue to stay in communication with the school and the kid while they’re there.
Thus they learn there’s a wall that they have to pass through (assuming muggles can get on the platform if they know how? so parents can see the train and make sure their kiddo gets on it okay. I’m blanking right now on if we see Hermione’s parents there)
…of course in the case of Hermione, she was probably writing to McGonagall more than her parents did and probably was told of Hogwarts, A History so she could fill herself in on everything she could possibly need to know, because otherwise McGonagall would have ended up quoting the entire book’s contents across thousands of letters…Also because McGonagall is all about gifting students with the things they need to grow into the people she can see they could become.
Good luck kiddo! You’re on your own. You have a train ticket. This is your first test. If you can’t figure out how to get on the platform (by wandering around until you find some wizards and follow them) then maybe you’re just not magical enough for this shiz.
It would be a hella messed up thing to do, but Dumbledore doesn’t really make the best decisions for growing children.
But since it seems McGonagall handles the admissions process, its probably the first one.
So based on Tom Riddle, who was raised as a muggle (ignoring Harry because the Dursleys knew about magic but were jerks), I think a teacher (probably McGonagall) goes to deliver the Hogwarts letters to muggle borns personally and explains everything to them. I read somewhere that they may set up a temporary connection to the Floo network so that muggles can get to Diagon Alley, and they probably include more information on the letters (like, THESE ARE THE SHOPS U SHOULD VISIT). And I’m sure the shop keepers are happy to help the overwhelmed parents and baby witches and wizards.
Of course, I absolutely have the headcanon now that McGonagall was the one to set everything up for Hermione. When Hermione took the Floo network to the Leaky Cauldron for the first time, kindly Tom explained how to get to Gringotts and what shops would be best for the items on the list (and telling them to stop by Florean’s Ice Cream Shop afterwards). Hermione of course drags her parents to every shop there and wants to buy half the book store. Once she gets home, she devours her text books and sends letters by muggle post (we know she doesn’t have an owl first year) to Professor McGonagall with hundreds of questions which McGonagall patiently, though exasperatedly, answers.