Summary: What were other countries going through when Lord Voldemort had taken over? This is the story of what the first graders at The Canadian School of Witchcraft and Wizardry went through during Harry's seventh year. This is the 1997 to 1998 school year. If people like this story, I may continue it for the characters remaining school years.
This first chapter is just an introductory to how the school is run to get any questions out of the way. The second chapter will start with the main characters point of view. There will be four different points of views; these people will end of as friends. This story will show the characters struggles and fears, because they believe that eventually Lord Voldemort will try and take over the whole world.
This chapter just explains the school. If you want to skip it go ahead. It's just a reference chapter. The next chapter starts with the children.
Introduction to The Canadian School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
The Canadian School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a new school compared to most wizarding schools. It was founded only a hundred years ago. Before that, students were usually taken to schools abroad or they were taught by their parents at home. Most unfortunately, any Muggleborns who weren't accepted to another school didn't get the chance to expand their powers.
Samuel and Claudia Uptike, brother and sister created the school to train young witches and wizards in their own country. Children aged eleven by December thirty-first each year are accepted into the school. At first, all children went to the school, French and English, but eventually another school was made for French children, so now it is strictly just an English school.
There is a quill that records when any magical child born each year. Students who live in a wizarding home have a letter sent to them, and Muggleborns have a representative from the school visit them.
The school has seven grades starting with first grade to seventh grade. In the first, and second grades, they take the mandatory classes for most wizarding schools: Transfiguration, Potions, Herbology, Charms, Astronomy, Defense Against the Dark Arts and History of Magic. Once students enter the third grade they have a choice to take: Divination, Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Muggle Studies, and Care of Magical Creatures which are standard wizarding classes. However, there are other courses they can take as well. If students wish to take: French (so they can get to know others in the country), Music (they can learn an instrument of their choice), Drama (there is a play performed per year) and Home Economics.
The students can choose between two and four extra classes. It is recommended that they take at least one standard Wizarding class and at least one of the other courses, but it's not mandatory. At the end of the fifth grade, just as with many other schools, students take their OWLs for the chosen standard and mandatory wizarding classes. They can continue with the classes they have received an OWL in when they enter the sixth grade. If they wish to drop one of the other four courses, they may.
Sixth graders have the option of choosing whether or not they want to learn wandless magic as well. The course is very complicated, if a student wishes to drop out at any time they may. If students do not choose to take the class until the seventh grade, they will have to learn with the sixth graders, so it is recommended they take it with their age group but not mandatory.
In the seventh grade, there will be a class for apparition lessons for each term. The students can choose whether or not they want to take the class during Fall, Winter or Spring term. The classes are usually divided up per term so instructors can teach a small amount of students rather than a large class, therefore it is first come first serve when students choose which term that want to learn during. These classes are taken once a week. At the end of the term they have to pay to get their license. If the fail, they can always try again over the next term. Students who take it over Spring term and fail can take the test any time at the Ministry of Magic. Students will take their NEWTs at the end of Seventh grade.
The classes are held in one of the larger buildings, all except Care of Magical Creatures Herbology and Drama. There is a large auditorium where the plays are held. This is where Drama students go for their classes. Astronomy is held on top of the classes building. There is also a Dining Hall in the classes building. This is where any assembly is held as well.
There are four different houses where the students sleep. Grade sevens have their own building, while fourth graders and first graders share a house, second graders and fifth graders share a house and third graders and sixth graders share a house. The older students are to watch over the younger students but they aren't to treat them as inferiors. There is a common area in each house.
There are two prefects from fourth grade to seventh grade. The prefects are always boy and girl. In the seventh grade, there is also a student council. The whole school gets to vote on who they want to be on the council, but the students must have good grades. Basically, they arrange any activities (besides Quidditch) that happen through out the school year. They do not have authority over the students though. There is a President, Vice President, Secretary, and activities committee.
There is a Head Boy and a Head Girl, they do have authority over the students and the Prefects. They attend Student Council meeting as well. The prefects are there because they represent their grades. The Head Boy and Girl are there because the Student Council have to run any idea by them before they can out it into action.
There are three more students that are part of the student council. They are from the first, second and third grades. They represent each of their grades. Their job is to inform the Student Council of any ideas or problems their grade may have. They have no authority over their grades. The second and third graders choose their Representatives the year before when the Student Council is chosen, and the first graders choose their Rep a month into the new school year. These students must have good grades, the Head of their grade chooses a list of pupils for the students to vote on. If at any time a student's grades slip, and that goes for anyone on the Student Council they can lose their position unless they can bring their marks back up.
There is a boy side of each house, and there is a girl side. Up to four students share a room, but it depends on the number of students in a year. Some of the rooms may hold up to five students. On each side of the house there is a large bathroom. Each bathroom has ten shower stalls. It is up to each Prefect to make up a schedule of shower time in the morning.
There are tunnels that lead from each house to the main building. Students may use these tunnels on very stormy days. They are not to be used any other time. They are not there for students to fool around in. Prefects will open the tunnels when students are permitted to use them.
Each grade also has a Head teacher. These teachers remain as their Head until the students graduate. These teachers are the ones who teach the seven core classes. (Transfiguration, Potions, Herbology, Charms, Astronomy, Defense Against the Dark Arts and History of Magic.) A list of who teaches what classes are at the bottom of the pamphlet. They are the ones who discipline and guide the students for seven years. Students go to their Head teacher for careers advice, or any other problems they may have.
There are also various clubs in the school. Students can learn more about these when they join.
There are different magical towns, which are hidden from Muggles (most are very small towns) all through Canada. There is at least one per Province or Territory. The towns are where students can go to buy their school supplies or other magical items. The students also board a bus at the beginning of each holiday, and they are also dropped off in the town.
There is only one wand shop, which is located in a hidden wizarding street in Toronto Ontario. Muggleborns are taken together from each Province on different days to get their wands before they start the first grade. So for example, all Muggleborns in Alberta would be taken one day to get their wands, and another day students from Newfoundland would go, and etc. If a wizarding parent wishes, their child may also go with the Muggleborns to get their wands.
The school is located in Witcheslot Ontario, a town that is hidden from Muggle eyes. When Muggles pass it, it just looks like a field but it is charmed to keep any of them from entering. Usually they remember there is something they need to do, or else they suddenly decide that they don't want to go in the field. So far the charms have held for a hundred years. Only Muggleborn parents can see the town, but that is because they are informed of the town.
On certain weekends all students are allowed to go to the shops in the town.
Teaching Staff at Canadian School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
Headmistress: Mortisha LeVon
Transfiguration- Mary Latulip (Head of Students who attend from September 1997 to June 2004)
Potions- Steven Cook - Deputy Headmaster (Head of Students who attend from September 1995 to June 2002)
Herbology- Malvin Langdom (Head of Students who attend from September 1991 to June 1998)
Charms- Rita Hyper (Head of Students who attend from September 1993 to June 2000)
Astronomy- Mrs. Hoops (Head of Students who attend from September 1992 to June 1999)
Defense Against the Dark Arts- Mr. Rikes (Head of Students who attend from September 1994 to June 2001)
History of Magic- Mr. Lankey- (Head of Students who attend from September 1996 to June 2003)
Divination- Samuel Morrison
Ancient Runes- Patricia Warmer
Arithmancy- Sonny York
Muggle Studies- Gertrude Morph
Care of Magical Creatures- Wayne Vert
French- Valerie Rexten
Drama- Howard Mason
Home Economics- Gordon Hefley
Music- Tracy Bellissima
Quidditch Instuctor- Daisy Burmoose
A/N: I know this chapter might have bored some people, but I just wanted to get this part out of the way to give readers more of an understanding of how the school is run since it's different from Hogwarts. (First graders are also not allowed their own broomsticks but that will be mentioned in the letters.) It took me a long time to write this though… let me know if there are questions you might have. I might have missed something, and I can add to it. This can be a reference chapter for anyone who might have to look back on it.
For the confusion about ages. Anyone starting the First grade will be eleven. These are people who were born in 1986 I believe. Anyone who turned eleven between January first to December thirty first of 1997 are accepted. It's different from Hogwarts where you have to be eleven by September first to join.