Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has taken students since the 9th/10th century when the four founders Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Godric Gryffindor decided to join together to teach magic. They each had their own believes in who should be taught, from the purest to the most intelligent, to the most loyal and honest, to those brave enough to learn it. Many many years have passed since then; Wizarding Wars have been fought … even on Hogwarts grounds.
The school took a while to rebuild and when it did reopen its doors again, the Ministry in all their wisdom chose to listen closely to concerned parents. What if another war occurred, how many more children would suffer? What if another Tom Riddle was in our midst, teaching him and giving him power from the onset. Something had to be done.
The Ministry of Magic under the control of Vincent Proudmane as Minister, changed the education system of students in Britain, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the year 2000. All students at the age of eleven would no longer attend school at Hogwarts but would attend a junior academy within the Ministry, known simply as the Junior Wizarding Academy. They would study the intricacies of magic, the consequences and laws pertaining to it; it's vast history both fantastical and horrendous. The intention was to instill a respect for magic within students at any early age and only when deemed older, wiser and well prepared, would they then sit their OWLs in their sixth and final year.
Unlike at Hogwarts, no familiars were necessary, no cauldrons or other expensive equipment. A uniform, quills, parchments and books were all the students were expected to bring. At the school itself, under the watchful eye of possibly the greatest duelist alive, Filius Flitwick, students were issued with a standard #2 training wand. This wand issued by the Ministry had extreme limited function, were school owned which meant charms were in place so that no student could steal them from the classroom; they could only cast basic spells in a safe and controlled environment.
At the JWA, there are no house distinctions. Students Do Not Board as they do at Hogwarts, it is a day school. They arrive in the morning at 8:30am to begin school at 9:00am. School finishes at 3:30pm. Each year has a class prefect that meets weekly as the student council. The JWA is situated on the first floor of the Ministry of Magic. Students arrive by floo network to the Atrium and then take a lift to the first floor. They return home the same way.
Students did not simply graduate from Hogwarts any more after sitting their final NEWT exams, they stayed on until the age of twenty two years to study further. Only then graduating as if they had attended a muggle University. Students wishing to become professors, aurors, lawyers, ministry workers, alchemists etc all needed to graduate from Hogwarts College of Excelled Learning.
Uniforms were still very much a part of the mode of dress at Hogwarts and the University students were no different, they were allowed to dress in ordinary clothing but had to wear their wizarding robes always with the Hogwarts crest emblazoned. University students stay in the four houses like the younger students but have different curfew hours.
Inspections by the education minister Alicia Flynt were regular but it was still a new system to instill and everyone knew that Hogwarts was not built in a day. It would take time and patience to make the system work and everyones co.operation.
Staff at the school have come and gone, many upset by the changes taken place while others embraced them hoping for a bright new future. The headmistress McGonagall leaves to take care of the younger students at the ministry and with her, a few others from Hogwarts while others retire. Neville Longbottom and Fallon Boru are the professors of Herbology, while Hagrid remains to teach Care of Magical Creatures under careful scrutiny by the ministry. Professor Binns no longer needed at Hogwarts to teach History of Magic, takes to simply monitoring the halls and feeling very put out. With the inclusion of Dragonlore thanks mainly in part to Charles Weasley to the school curriculum, he is replaced by the young and ambitious Varius Tseric who in a brief time elevates to Slytherin Head of House.
Hufflepuff Head of House is now the cantankerous but fun loving ex professional quidditch player Arcturus Silver, also being the Charms professor and as of after spring break in 2013 takes over as quidditch match referee. Ravenclaw Head of House is Professor Daniel Pruddtap, who is also the Divination professor. The Gryffindor Head of House and Deputy Headmistress is Talyn Tseric, who teaches potions to the University students and flying. Transfiguration is taught by the talented Professor Elodie Salt, Ancient Runes by Professor Bradley Hudson and Astronomy by Professor Farting Clank.
Another year and the younger students have graduated from the Junior Wizarding Academy, hoping to receive their letters from Hogwarts. The summer looms ahead of them and they will need to get their school supplies, go to Ollivanders for their wand, dream about making the quidditch team and most of all … which House they will be sorted into.
Those students who have been in attendance at Hogwarts move up a year and prepare for more grueling work ahead of them but also are eager to return for more quidditch, for more dueling tournaments; for the Halloween and Yule feasts, for the Valentines Ball and for their houses glory. Who will be prefect, who will be Head boy or girl?
It is the last year for some of the University students, they must graduate in the hopes that all they have done is enough to secure for them that perfect job. Quidditch scouts attend the games, Ministry officials attend open days at Hogwarts to see how well the University students are doing to prepare for the outside world. Will they all leave or will one or two stay on to teach?
It looks like another promising year ahead … will you be part of Hogwarts – A Future?