Impatient Broomstick

Dear Professor Minerva McGonagall,

I know the Hogwarts acceptance letter says first-years are not allowed to bring their own broomsticks, but I have recently bought a new one and would like to learn to fly on it properly. May I bring it just in case I become as brilliant a flier as Harry Potter? Please!?

Thank you and yours sincerely,

Dear Unnamed Gryffindor,

You will participate in flying lessons with Madam Hooch along with your peers, using School brooms, which are spelled for safety. You will also comply with School regulations regarding any other matter. You will be able to test your personal broom when you go home for Christmas break. I’m afraid your broom will have to remain there. Should you become “as brilliant a flier” as Mr. Potter, that will be evident on a school broom, as it was with him.

Given your eagerness to prove yourself, I assume you will be at tryouts for the Gryffindor Quidditch team, in which case, I wish you the very best of luck.

Minerva McGonagall
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry