Ancient Studies is an extra-curricular class taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The subject presumably focuses on ancient magic, such as the ancient Egyptians' spells.[1] This class is taught in a classroom on the sixth-floor corridor.

Behind the scenes

  • While not confirmed as such, in consequence of an extra-curricular class, Ancient Studies, like Alchemy, is presumably optional and only taught given there is sufficient demand.
  • The subject is presumably only taught to sixth and seven years at Hogwarts.
  • If not necessarily a requirement, taking Ancient Studies is presumably very useful for potential future applicants for the job of Curse-Breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
  • It is also possible that rather than being about magic, Ancient Studies could be a specialised branch of History of Magic, effectively being the magical equivalent of cultural, social and/or linguistic anthropology.


Notes and references

  1. The blackboard on the Ancient Studies classroom has an illustration of a pyramid and the world "EGYPT" can be clearly read.
Hogwarts Curriculum
Core classes Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extra-curricular classes Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Ghoul Studies · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy
First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams ·
Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test