August “Quibbler” Contest: Is Hogwarts a bad school?

On your marks, get set, write! Get ready for the next Quibbler contest.

This month’s topic is “A Hogwarts Education.” As summer vacation draws to a close, we’re asking you to take an in-depth look at everyone’s favorite wizarding school. What do young witches and wizards really get out of going to Hogwarts? Do you think it’s dangerous to have hundreds of unqualified sorcerers under one roof, or is dealing with danger an important part of learning magic? Would students benefit from normal classes, or do you think, “Who needs math when you’re a wizard?” Are there lessons Hogwarts teaches particularly well? Are there lessons it leaves out?

Basically, is Hogwarts a good school, a bad school, or somewhere in between? What do you think?

The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 25Send us your best work at, and we’ll pick a winner whose editorial will be featured in the Quibbler on MuggleNet! You can check out the previous winners right here

A few guidelines:

  • Make sure you explore the topic in a thorough, engaging way. Quotes and specific examples are always good. For an idea of the kind of essays we look for, read through some of our other editorials.
  • Don’t feel constrained by our questions! Use the prompt as a jumping-off point to your deepest Harry Potter-related thoughts.
  • Take a look at the editorials FAQ on the Quibbler main page before you hit “send.”

Questions? Let us know in the comments!