Top 10 Worst Things About Hogwarts

Hogwarts like any other school has its misgivings. And there's quite a few things to note about this school.
The Top Ten
1 House sorting

Before I get attacked for this, think about this. The way the sorting of houses means that all the intelligent students get sorted in one place, the humble ones in another, the brave ones in another, and the purebloods in another. Basically, it's a form of segregation that for some reason, even after Harry himself has left school, is still in place, and there is lots and lots of room for favoritism here. Unlike public schools which tend to have more mingling with students of all backgrounds and knowledges.

I agree. It causes competition and all these people being pressured into being bad or good as well as favoritism and when you put some people in Hufflepuff you're basically telling them "you aren't very smart, and you aren't brave or ambitious, congratulations!".

2 Favoritism for students and houses

Clearly a major issue in general! I already mentioned in in the earlier item but there's bound to be favoritism, especially with faculty heads hoping that one of their houses has the best students or Quidditch players or what not. It also has to do with how House points get distributed/taken, sometimes the heads take more points from students outside their own houses for instance.

3 Detention served in the Forbidden Forest

That's putting the students in danger! How are you going to explain to the parents (especially muggle-borns' parents)? Oh, your son/daughter was bitten by a werewolf and we couldn't save her!

Way back in the Sorceror's Stone, the trio and Malfoy get sent to the forest to serve detention. The majority of nasty creatures are in this Forbidden Forest. Can't you just have detention in the building or what not?

Pretty idiotic, because all this does is freaks the students out and puts their lives in jepoardy.

4 Magical creatures inside the corridors

Remember Fluffy? Although it was inside a room, so that doesn't really count that much. But what about the Basilisk in Chamber of Secrets? Who roamed using pipes to sneak around? And I guess we'll count the many ghosts too, although they are harmless.

Honestly, Fluffy doesn't really count, and they couldn't have really done anything about the basilisk, so this isn't a huge problem.

5 The school staff does not guarantee the safety of the students

Should be fairly obvious. Although punishments are given to rule-breakers, those who get hurt in the process don't get much other than a trip to Madam Pomfrey. Though this kind of item really does apply to every school in general when you think about it, any nonfictional school is better at enforcing safety compared to Hogwarts.

Exactly, although usually Madam Pomfrey fixes everyone up, and I don't think that a student ever actually died in Hogwarts.

6 House point distribution

Already said it earlier so I'll say it again. One of the weirdest things about house points is that if ONE student in a house rulebreaks, the housepoints are deducted from the whole house. Same with good deeds. So in other words, one group of students who do crazy stuff to get expelled completely cost any chances of a generally good house from winning House Cup. And let's not also forget that this whole thing promotes too much competition and favoritism.

The "too bad you ruined it for everyone" trope, basically. From what is seen of it, it's also got to be the most illogical point of the entire series (pun intended). We see Hermione getting five points for answering a question right on the first day, and yet by the end of the year the houses only have a few hundred points.

when we distribute house points it should be fair. In hogwarts they just add points when the teacher asks a question even without teaching the lesson, they add marks for the student. We go to school to learn, not to know everything before the teachers teach them, so the teachers can's expect the students to know everything before they come to the class. Can they?

7 The Grand Staircase

Marvelous to look at, but a total pain when it comes to getting from place to place. Considering all other options are off the table, getting on and having stairs move is a hassle. Plus the possibility of being late to class and having to wait for the slow-moving staircase to come to is another issue.

Whose stupid idea was it to have moving stairs within a school it's a major annoyance to the students like when your trying to get to a class and all of a sudden the stairs just change without warning which will result young being late to class and end up losing points for your house.

Why don't they have elevators in a school as big as Hogwarts?

8 Oddball professors

Well, Snape is quite obvious and shows favoritism towards Slytherin while bullying Harry and Ron. But that's just scratching the surface. What about the DADA position and the fact that no teacher has ever held this post for more than a year? How come Lockhart became a professor?

Honestly, I don't understand how someone as intelligent as Dumbledore literally appointed 4 of the worst possible candidates and didn't see that they were either incompetent or working for Voldemort (to be fair, choosing Umbridge was out of his hands, and Lupin was a good choice, but the others were awful!).

Doesn't make sense

9 General lack of privacy

You'd think that even in the dorm rooms that there would be some privacy, right? NOPE! Seriously, the walls are alive with portraits that move and talk, ghosts that read in the dorm rooms and go through the walls (for reference, see the Chamber of Secrets movie where Harry has the diary and a ghost is sitting at his table). Not to forget Moaning Myrtle who haunts a whole bathroom as well as the Marauder's Map showing everyone's position anywhere in the castle.

The only room with this would be the Room of Requirement. Not even the sleeping dorms have privacy

10 Transportation to get to the school

In Chamber of Secrets after Harry and Ron are prevented from getting on Platform 9 3/4 thanks to Dobby's interference they end up having to take Ron's dads flying car to which ends up being a terrible idea which nearly gets them expelled due to being seen by several muggles while taking off.

Tough luck if you miss the train or can't figure out how to get to platform 9 3/4! Also boats for the first years in a spooky backdrop.

Not the biggest issue. I believed if they could send messages to Hogwarts if they missed the train

The Contenders
11 Secret chambers

Well, there is the Chamber of Secrets. But that's not the only one. All those rooms to the Sorceror's Stone (Fluffy's room, the devil's snare, the flying keys, the chessboard) could count as secret chambers. There's also lots of secret passageways where fugitives can go in and out of, plus the dungeon corridor where apparently the Slytherin common room is (not to mention trolls in the dungeon). There's also the Room of Requirement. Many areas being off-limits to lots of people really makes you think.

12 Dolores Umbridge being in control

Technically, this meant that the Ministry of Magic was in control, Dolores was the patsy. In any case though, it was an overreach cause the Ministry wanted to keep Voldemort's presence a conspiracy theory that they constantly decided to deny, as well as Diggory's death. So they installed Umbridge in and things went from there. Hogwarts worked better when it was more independent.

13 Still punished even if you have good intentions

I rewatched the scene where the trio got detention in the first movie, and Malfoy got detention too, despite him trying to be a good boy by telling on rulebreakers and McGonagall recognizing good intentions he still has to do detention with the trio.

14 Slytherin Dungeon dormitory
15 Potions are taught in a dungeon
16 Changing staircases
17 No bans on specific curses and spells

This one just occurred to me because I just remembered that the school apparently has a ban on Apparating (only Dumbledore can do it within the grounds). The school apparently doesn't ban anything else, just punishes students for misuse of magic. But how come the headmaster at the school doesn't place like some sort of magical lock on certain spells and curses that are known to cause trouble?

I mean in Harry's fourth year, his DADA class actually LEARNED and even experienced seeing the Unforgivable curses. Could you imagine if the Killing Curse was locked from being ever used inside school grounds? Snape wouldn't have killed Dumbledore then. Unless of course the curses are that unforgivable that they circumvent any possible locks, but then again, the fourth-year students wouldn't have the willpower to even utilize these curses even when taught.

I'd imagine if there were specific locks to spells, then they would only be used in certain circumstances, like all the harmful ...more

18 Unhealthy feasts

Are they unhealthy? Seems like something that is commonplace in Thanksgiving, as if somehow all the feasts in Harry Potter look like large Thanksgiving feasts that both students and staff are eating. And well, Hermoine's just wapping Ron saying "Do you ever stop eating?"

At least Hogwarts doesn't poison its food, I think.

19 The Forbidden Forest
20 Boats for first years and finishing seventh
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