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Old February 3rd, 2008, 1:43 am
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Hogwarts Graduation

In an interview J.K Rowling was asked if there was a graduation ceremony at Hogwarts, perhaps sailing from Hogwarts to the train on the boats. She replied that she hadn't thought of anything for a graduation but loved the boats idea.

I love the boats idea as well and the point of this thread is to have a discussion about possible ideas for a graduation.


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Old February 3rd, 2008, 1:50 am
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Oh, the boat idea was cool. It's like you enter Hogwarts through water (symbol for change) and you leave it through water. I don't know what I thought of graduation ceremonies, something like "muggle" high school graduation maybe? But with a sort of magical touch.


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Going back on the boats would be really cool! I never actually imagined what it would be like because pre-HBP, that was still too far away, and post-HBP I knew they would never go back to Hogwarts. I love the boat idea for the same reasons as Jo did, because it would be a great return to innocence and a great way to end seven years. I wish Harry and Ron had come back to finish, and we saw it...


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Re: Hogwarts Graduation

Ah yes, I heard that on PotterCast as well, and I totally agree with Jo and the previous posters here that returning over the lake in the boats is just a perfect symbolic touch.

I'm not sure about ceremony, though; I'll think on that one.


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I don't know why i never really realized that there weren't graduation ceremonies. Whatever we think of, it can't be at Hogwarts, or at least not something all the students go to...


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the boats would be awesome.


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In an interview J.K Rowling was asked if there was a graduation ceremony at Hogwarts, perhaps sailing from Hogwarts to the train on the boats. She replied that she hadn't thought of anything for a graduation but loved the boats idea.

I love the boats idea as well and the point of this thread is to have a discussion about possible ideas for a graduation.
i read the same interview. i thought the boat trip back would be a nice touch.


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Maybe one of the reasons JKR didn't think of a graduation ceremony is that in a lot of European countries, there isn't one. In the French system at least, there is no cap-and-gown formal ceremony graduating either high school, college or university. In high school, at the end of every year, there is a ceremony with an "honor roll" of students who did best in this or that subject, and they get prizes (usually books - that's how I got my books for summer reading ) - but at the end of high school, when we take the baccalauréat exam, there's no end-of-scool ceremony. Either you passed and go on to university, or you fail and try again. Same thing for college degrees. The last time you see your classmates is in front of the bulletin board, anxiously perusing the lists looking for one's name, with exchanges like "Hi, did you make it? How well did you do?" - "Oh, Congrats! Where are you going on to?" or "Oh, sorry, I'm sure you'll get it next time". Little groups of graduates may go to party and celebrate but that's strictly private.

That's for France, I don't know how it is in England.

Back to Hogwarts. Yes, that would be really cool indeed. I too rally to the idea of doing it by boat. Perfect balance, come by boat, leave by boat. Maybe someone should write something on that, maybe Jo could add that somewhere in the Encyclopaedia or any companion book to be? It'd make a great visual too, if someone was talented enough to do a video clip of it.


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Maybe one of the reasons JKR didn't think of a graduation ceremony is that in a lot of European countries, there isn't one. In the French system at least, there is no cap-and-gown formal ceremony graduating either high school, college or university. In high school, at the end of every year, there is a ceremony with an "honor roll" of students who did best in this or that subject, and they get prizes (usually books - that's how I got my books for summer reading ) - but at the end of high school, when we take the baccalauréat exam, there's no end-of-scool ceremony. Either you passed and go on to university, or you fail and try again. Same thing for college degrees. The last time you see your classmates is in front of the bulletin board, anxiously perusing the lists looking for one's name, with exchanges like "Hi, did you make it? How well did you do?" - "Oh, Congrats! Where are you going on to?" or "Oh, sorry, I'm sure you'll get it next time". Little groups of graduates may go to party and celebrate but that's strictly private.

That's for France, I don't know how it is in England.

Back to Hogwarts. Yes, that would be really cool indeed. I too rally to the idea of doing it by boat. Perfect balance, come by boat, leave by boat. Maybe someone should write something on that, maybe Jo could add that somewhere in the Encyclopaedia or any companion book to be? It'd make a great visual too, if someone was talented enough to do a video clip of it.
I didn't even know that there wasn't a ceremony in some European countries. no wonder JKR didn't include a graduation ceremony if there isn't one in Britain. However, i think the boat idea would still be cool


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Old February 3rd, 2008, 7:22 am
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There would have to be a combined 7th year (Ginny's and Luna's class, plus those of our favorites from the ones who came back to finish) graduation class. Hermione would have to be Valedictorian, and give a speech. Perhaps Harry could come back as a guest speaker, after receiving his Merlin
1st class award, and give a speech about fighting evil, and that it will never be gone, but that we must always be watchful, and not go for what's easy over what's right, in honor of DD.

Then there should be a huge feast for the grads and their families in the Great Hall. Kingsley, as MoM could present a huge plaque with the names of all those who died in the 2nd Voldemort War. Then the class could exit via the boats back to Hogsmeade and the train.

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Re: Hogwarts Graduation

Here in Britain there isn't really a "Graduation" per se. We have a leavers ball and perhaps a ceremony, but not really a graduation. But I really like the boat idea! It's a nice thought that you come to Hogwarts by boat and leave by boat. It's sad that Jo never got to write anything like that


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I didnt know that there werent graduation ceremonies in Britian. Interesting.
I would love to see something in the Great Hall.. Nice and simple, in dress robes with the Minister present. Nothing huge, like the ones we have here, but just the students leaving Hogwarts and the Headmaster. Just a simple speech, naming the best in the year. Kind of uniting them before they leave, since they had been seperated by there houses throughout the school years.

I wonder what the drop-out rate is in these countries without graduation ceremonies.
Here in California, its pretty high in some areas, and thats why graduating is such a big deal that it needs a ceremony. Interesting...


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I didnt know that there werent graduation ceremonies in Britian. Interesting.
I would love to see something in the Great Hall.. Nice and simple, in dress robes with the Minister present. Nothing huge, like the ones we have here, but just the students leaving Hogwarts and the Headmaster. Just a simple speech, naming the best in the year. Kind of uniting them before they leave, since they had been seperated by there houses throughout the school years.

I wonder what the drop-out rate is in these countries without graduation ceremonies.
Here in California, its pretty high in some areas, and thats why graduating is such a big deal that it needs a ceremony. Interesting...
Well it might be different in different parts of the UK, but generally it isn't a big thing, well definitely not as big as in America. We have a big graduation ceremony when we graduate from University. That's more of a big deal.

Jo seemed to like the idea of writing a graduation scene, so I think it would have been a big ceremony at Hogwarts. I would have liked to have heard a mention of it somewhere in the books, though.


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Re: Hogwarts Graduation

I also like the idea of leaving Hogwarts by ship. Its like entering your education by water and entering your future the same way. And of course there would have to be a feast where speeches and such are given


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I don't know what I thought of graduation ceremonies, something like "muggle" high school graduation maybe? But with a sort of magical touch.
a chance to wear dress-robes with informal wear underneath.
that's what we did at college graduation. 1500 students and
about 500 bottles of champagne.

what would the wizarding equivalent be ? Fred, or now just George,
with a special edition of Weazly's Whiz-BANG fireworks.


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Re: Hogwarts Graduation

I, too like the idea of leaving by boat. That isn't really a ceremony, though. I would imagine a quiet speech from the headmaster to the graduating class would be how the ceremony would be conducted. If it were something involving the whole school, we would have heard about it before now. The wizard of the month card on Jo's website about Harry indicated that he became an Auror at seventeen, so that would mean he went to work instead of returning to school. I can't understand why he would pass up the chance to return "home" for one more year, as well as spend every spare moment with Ginny. If I were writing these books, the trio would definitely return to Hogwarts to complete their seventh year. It would have shown that things were settling back to normal. *Sigh* I'm sure she has her reasons. Probably to stop us from badgering her to write about that year, since she knows full well we wouldn't have believed her if she tried to tell us it was uneventful. The abrupt way the trio left school left me waiting for some form of resolution that we never got. Maybe after the battle McGonegall bestowed honorary diplomas on the three of them?


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Re: Hogwarts Graduation

I definitely think that they were given their diplomas anyway. They proved they had a great knowledge of all the subjects.

I would agree with JK that after all that went on in the series, if she wrote about returning to school for the last year it would be quite boring. There really wouldn't be any conflict or enemies to battle. Even Draco wouldn't really be threatening(if he was at school at all). I would have read it, though. Maybe when/if she writes this "Encyclopedia" it will give us more info on the gaps of time.


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Wow, I had no idea that there usually aren't any graduation ceremonies in England! However, I think Hogwarts should be an exception. It is, after all, the only magical school for witchcraft and wizardry in England!

I really love the idea of sailing back to the train on the boats. It's sort of like ending the way you started because the how they went to Hogwarts in their first year. I also think there should be some sort of short ceremony in the Great Hall, maybe just before or after the End-of-the-Year feast? Just what I think.

And thanks for making this thread, Alicks, this is something I had never considered and it makes good discussion.


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The boats would be really cool, its a shame JKR never got to write about a graduation thing. I can't imagine it would be that of a big thing, or it probably would have been mentioned a bit in the books..


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Hogwarts 7th Year Graduation Ceremony?

I know this has never been mentioned... But dont you ever wonder what a Graduation Ceremony in Hogwarts looks like?

Dont you think there has to be some sort of ceremony for those that stayed 7 years or 5 years?


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