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Hogwarts subjects | History of Magic

History of Magic is a core class and subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This class is a study of magical history. This is one of the subjects where the use of magic practically isn’t necessary. History of Magic is taught from the first year to the fifth, with the option of N.E.W.T. courses in sixth and seventh year.

Okay, so I have all these weird little ideas in my head about Lily Evans, and I just want to put them somewhere.

  • Imagine Lily Evans who writes a letter every day, regardless of whether she’ll send it or not, and tucks a sprig of rosemary into each envelope, because it’s her mother’s favorite, and Lily doesn’t want her to think she’s forgotten these things.
  • Lily Evans who wears a bright yellow sundress in the middle of winter just to remind herself that the sun is going to come out eventually, who ignores the fact that her Chucks are too thin for the rain, who would rather cast a drying spell than give up that little touch of light.
  • Imagine Lily who catalogs things about her new friends, like Mary MacDonald’s favorite food (key-lime pie), or the way Remus Lupin spreads jam first, then butter when he eats toast. Lily Evans who learns how to sing Peter’s favorite song for when he’s so homesick he can’t even speak.
  • Imagine Lily going home for the summer, and Tuney sticks up her nose at the Scottish twang Lily’s picked up from Mary. Lily does her best to make it disappear, even though it makes her sad to let go of it.
  • Lily who sits on the swings with Severus when his parents are fighting and reminds him that soon they’ll be back at school. Lily who rubs muggle antiseptic into the cut on his cheek and doesn’t comment when he says he fell, even though he’s lying and they both know it.
  • Second year Lily Evans who gets her first detention for slapping a boy who tried to look up her skirt. She didn’t do it because he was Slytherin, she explains when Dumbledore asks, but because clearly his parents never taught him any manners, and she can’t let him go into the world like that. She serves the three hours without complaint, dutifully cleaning cauldrons until her fingers are numb.
  • Second year Lily is much more confident in her magic than First year Lily. Her favorite subject is History of Magic, because “it’s fascinating! There’s so much I never knew!” and she sticks to it, even when the others laugh.
  • James asks her out in Third year, and she turns him down on principle first, and then because Mary’s date ditched her last minute and friends stick together no matter what.
  • Later, when he asks her, she’ll tell him it was because the stars told her he wasn’t ready. It’s all bullshit, but it’s worth it to see him smile.
  • Imagine Fourth year Lily who begs Severus to sit next to her in potions. She sees him looking over his shoulder when they talk in the halls, and every time her stomach knots up, because he’s ashamed of her.
  • Fourth year Lily Evans doesn’t go to Hogsmeade anymore, because her best friend in the entire world is ashamed to be seen with her, and she’d rather not go if she can’t share it with the people she cares about. She uses the time instead to tutor one of the first years in Charms, because he can’t get used to holding a wand, and she knows how hard it can be to wrap your mind around it at first.
  • Fifth year Lily Evans confronts Severus in the second floor girls lavatory between classes. “What’s wrong?” she asks, and then, “are we still friends?” He tells her yes, but there’s a cold glint in his eye, and a shiver runs down her spine as she realizes that Severus Snape, the boy from Spinners End, is gone.
  • She doesn’t leave him, because she knows he’s struggling already, and he doesn’t need another person to abandon him, but then he calls her mudblood and she sees red. Years later, she still remembers everything she said to him that day. She doesn’t regret it until she sees the Dark Mark on his arm and realizes that it’s probably her fault.
  • Imagine Lily Evans who marries James Potter right after school, because there’s a war coming, and she wants to live a little before it’s too late.
  • Lily Evans fights with a baby inside of her and doesn’t stop fighting until she goes into hiding.
  • She sends Tuney a wedding present through Sirius, who drops it on the Dursleys’ doorstep. It’s a hair-clip shaped like a Petunia, sparkling and warm and beautiful, like the sister she remembers.
  • When Lily dies, her only fear is that it won’t be enough, that no matter what she does, Harry is going to die with her. She dies looking into the cold, hard eyes of Lord Voldemort, and she doesn’t show him her fear, and with her last bit of life, she sends all of her love to Harry and hopes that it will be enough.
  • She forgives Peter, too, with that last breath, because it’s never easy to live in someone’s shadow, and he was her friend once, too.

I’ve been rereading the Harry Potter series and I’ve realized that although some of the Hogwarts staff is mentioned frequently throughout the books, we never get to know much about them or their classes.

So, I’ve made some sketches of those particular characters. First in the series is Cuthbert Binns, the extremely dull ghost professor who’s teaching History of Magic.

Hogwarts classes the signs would love
  • Aries:Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • Taurus:Herbology
  • Gemini:Transfiguration
  • Cancer:Care of Magical Creatures
  • Leo:Charms
  • Virgo:Arithmacy
  • Libra:Apparition (sixth years and those of age)
  • Scorpio:Potions
  • Sagittarius:Flying (first year only)
  • Capricorn:History of Magic
  • Aquarius:Astronomy
  • Pisces:Divination

Eliphas Levi - The Magical Head of the Zohar, “Histoire de la Magie”, 1860.

The Magical Head of Zohar is a cabalistic design illustrating the concept of opposites, the principle of “As Above, So Below”, implying that the transcendent God beyond the physical universe and the immanent God within ourselves are one.

In 1958, Madam Elena Flores-Atilier (top row, center) surprised wizarding America by taking over the helm of the Sorcery Standard upon the death of her husband, renowned magical publishing magnate Henry Atilier. More shocking was her decision to replace the entire editorial staff.

She is pictured here with her 1958 colleagues: top left, Miss Harmony Harding, fashion and society; top right, Madam Celaeno Black, international news and politics; bottom left, Miss Emily Pribble, finance; bottom center, Mrs. Alexandra Bridgewater, domestic news and politics; bottom right, Mrs. Gertrude Stoppelwald, sports and games.

Madam Atilier’s forthright gaze in this portrait is characteristic of her approach to life. While the editorial staff has changed and diversified over the past five decades, Madam Atilier remains editor-in-chief. In 2008, on the fiftieth anniversary of her ascension to the post, a reporter asked when she intended to step down. Madam Atilier replied, “Approximately twenty-four hours before we print my obituary.”

[Photo by Nina Leen, Russian-American photographer for Life Magazine]