Excited Gryffindor

Dear Professor McGonagall,

I have a few questions for you,

How is a Muggle selected to be a student at Hogwarts? Did you go to Hogwarts when you were younger? Now that you are headmistress who is head of Gryffindor? In Harry’s fifth year you said you would help Harry become a Auror, did you really? Now I have some good comments about you, you have been my favorite Professor. I love how you give Harry discipline and you were one of his biggest supporter! I’m so excited that I can actually send a letter to you!

With deep love

Tierney Ordway

Dear Ms. Ordway,

When a Muggle with magical ability is born, their name is recorded in a book of future students at the appropriate School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, just as is true with those who have a magical parent or two. Those who live in Great Britain are recorded in the book at Hogwarts, and, provided they continue to reside here, receive a visit from a school representative the summer they are eleven, to explain things to their parents and present their welcome letter.

I am an alumnus of Hogwarts (1954), as a review of the faculty yearbook will tell you. The position of Head of Gryffindor House has been rather unstable, these past several years, but Professor Longbottom shows promise, and I expect that he will rise to the occasion and take that position.

If I had some small hand in helping Mr. Potter on his way to becoming an Auror, I am pleased, but he earned the qualifications entirely on his own. As I am sure you are aware, he is quite a powerful and capable wizard.

I expect you to work hard in your classes, Ms. Ordway. Flattery will get you no further than your studying takes you. That said, I appreciate your words and look forward to your achievements.

Minerva McGonagall
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry