Harry Potter: 8 Strange Rules Hogwarts Students Had to Follow

Oct 19, 2020Kate Korni

There’s no magic outside Hogwarts. But is there logic inside? Today we're going to break down the most ridiculous rules Harry Potter characters fans have had to face! We aren't shading the Wizarding World in any way. So let’s have some fun casting the spell that opens the doors to some inconsistencies.

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8. The Goblet of Fire Rules

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is perhaps one of the most thrilling books in the franchise. Only daredevil youngsters do not fear the trials and battles of the Triwizard Tournament. The dangerous trials are frequent elements of a decent adventure story but the Harry Potter Universe has added a peculiar detail.


Can you believe that there were 17-year-old kids at school that were willing to go through deathly missions and yet the whole thing was not regulated? Yes, we know Hogwarts has been struggling with safety issues for a while but the only rule the Tournament has is that once your name gets into the goblet you sign a magic pact that cannot be broken.

The students are still kids, how can there not be any regulations which allow them to change their mind about a life-threatening test? What if they get sick or are forced to leave Hogwarts for some reason?

Okay, one may say wizards are not normal teens and we agree. But there was one more reason that should have let Harry pull out from the contest. Dumbledore himself announced that only one participant from each school could take part in the tournament. So why couldn’t a second participant from the same school, who in addition is a minor, take part?

Surely it's sufficient reason to pull him out of the tournament since it goes against the rules?! It’s clear that the goblet was bewitched. Someone cheated. It could have been Harry, Igor Karkaroff or Voldemort himself - but that doesn't matter because there should have been a way to deal with cheaters in the game.

What kind of magic contract is that? Does it really kill kids if they break the contract? If so, why do they let children take part in this at school!? Well, if it wasn't for the plot hole, the movie would end without starting, especially if Harry insisted that he wanted at least one year at school studying! or you know… just being a regular boy…

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7. The rules of Quidditch

It’s probably the most notorious oversight when it comes to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so we can't overlook it! If you think about it a bit deeper, Quidditch is not just one game. Chasers are trying to get the quaffles and seekers going after snitch.

They both have completely different objectives. It’s like having two storylines in a plot, except that they have no connection whatsoever. That’s true, one can easily exist without another. Catching the snitch ends the game and gives you 150 points, so you win the game automatically because it gives you a disproportionate amount of points.

It’s clear that Bludgers bring a spicy touch of danger making the game more spectacular. But why do we need quaffles then? All in all, it would make more sense to use quaffles and bludgers to play some type of basketball with brooms or to have snitch and bludgers find out who’s got more skill on their broom. If only Hogwarts knew about the book “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality” ….

6. The ban to visit another House’s dorm

It’s clever to keep each dorm separated by Houses. In case a Troll invades Hogwarts once again, the prefects can easily gather the students they are in charge of and protect them at night. However, does it really need to be that strict that students cannot visit the other dorms even during the daytime?

We don't see any other common rooms except the Library and the dining room where students can spend time together. It limits their friend circle and sets boundaries between the students. The point of being different is to get inspired by things other people can do and broaden your outlook, isn’t it? That also brings us to another quick point.

Did you notice that students are forced to only eat at their House’s table? They do not place kids by years so that they can socialize. Instead, they just created one more obstacle in front of getting to know the other Houses. No wonder Hogwarts has such a strong spirit of rivalry and hatred towards the other houses.

5. The rule of retention… possibly…

A couple of plot twists were built around Hogwarts’ bathrooms, like in The Chamber of Secrets, The Philosopher's Stone and The Half-Blood Prince. Quite a lot, you know…But we never get to see a bathroom in the dorms. 

We saw the Prefect’s bathroom where Harry opened his egg to the sound of Moaning Myrtle’s hauntings but what about the ones in the student dorms? What if a student needs to pee at night, and leaves the dorm, wouldn't they be violating their curfew? On the other hand, if you meet Filch at night in the hall, you won’t need to go to the bathroom anymore…

4. The Unbreakable Vow

The Unbreakable Vow is a very crafty and binding spell. It seals the deal between the two parties to make sure that one won't break their promises under any and all circumstances. Or else - you die. At the same time, it is a spell that would just make things easier, you know?

Just imagine how much easier Voldemort's life would be if he did this spell with his followers. Undoubtedly, the Death Eaters fear the Dark Lord a lot. But as we know, that did not stop some of his followers from betraying him. If all of his followers swore their loyalty with an unbreakable vow, he would have easily avoided treachery and spies. So the whole story may have ended completely differently.

3. The rule of Voldemort's name

Voldemort’s poor judgment doesn’t end there. The Dark Lord already had a chance to figure that out in the Order of the Phoenix. We are talking about the prophecy that Voldemort was chasing after the entire movie. Voldemort already knew half of the prophecy, after Snape shared the conversation between Dumbledore and Sybill Trelawney.

There was nothing new in the prophecy that was revealed to him or the viewer. We knew, just like everybody else in the Wizarding World, that only the chosen child was able to kill him from the very beginning. But this foolish move doesn't make his followers question his intelligence, Ket alone his nonsense rule regarding his name.

We never hear his followers calling him Voldemort. We get why Tom Riddle tried so hard to get rid of his muggle father's last name. But then why did he force his followers to call him The Dark Lord? Did he try so hard to become Voldemort only for him to want to be called the Dark Lord?

2. The sorting hat rule

This one has not one or two but three confusing points. First of all, do the Weasley family have some kind of reservation for Gryffindor placement. Ron was the 8th in his family who fitted on the red and yellow colors. While one family can have strong customs and values that their kids share, anyone who has a sibling knows that brothers and sisters are different.

It’s just impossible that they all got chosen by a hat to one House! Another suspicious detail - it was never revealed in the books or in the movies is about how students’ paths are predicted by a hat. Even know-it-all Hermione, never mentions the spell used by the sorting hat.

So there’s a lot to be questioned about the hat, but the main point is - the students get sorted when they're way too young. Freshmen should be around eleven to twelve years of age at that point. It’s obvious that society influences how we form out behavioral habits, so if a rebellious Slytherin student would be placed in Gryffindor, he would probably become another person.

It’s a ridiculous rule to decide which student can become or with whom he or she can hang out with at the age of eleven! Even college kids get to choose their major at the age of 19! Hogwarts should go a bit easier on the poor teenagers…

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1. The Rule J.K. broke herself

Yep, this rule has so many plot holes, even J.K. Rowling admitted she was too careless with that one. Of course, we are talking about the Time-Turner. As Rowling wrote, the time-traveling necklace is, in fact, a super dangerous thing, so “no wonder” McGonagall let Hermione use it without any doubts. 

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Let's not forget, J.K. wrote that one student went so long back in time, that she immediately got old when she returned to her present days. So yeah, why not give it to a thirteen-year-old student?! Miss McGonagall also once mentioned that meeting your self in the past can be very dangerous.

But they do not mention it at all in the movie. The time-turner could have solved a couple of problems in the Wizarding World, which would have meant having a couple of plot holes, so J.K. was very happy to destroy them all in the 5th chapter.

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Anyway, our main problem with the Time-Turning rule is that one cannot go back into the past to save a life. The time-turner doesn’t allow you to change things in the past. Remember when Harry was like:

"It wasn't my dad I saw earlier. It was me! I saw myself conjuring the Patronus before. I knew I could do it this time because... Well, I had already done it. Does that make sense". 

Unfortunately, the cursed child messed up with the rules. Scorpius and Albus change history entirely using a time-turner - it gives them the ability to change the past, an ability the original time-turners never had. Sadly, J.K. broke her own rules for no good reason…

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