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Okay then, so, the number of students in each year at Hogwarts has long been contested. All we know for sure is that there is "considerably" more than forty students in each year, and thus at least more than five of each gender per house in each year.

The illustrations on Pottermore give varying figures: in "Charms Class" (book 1, chapter 10, moment 2), fifteen students are seen in the Charms lesson, and they are (apparently) all Gryffindor. However, we do not see the full class, and the book does not explicitly state that it is a Gryffindor-only lesson. The next time we see any sort of class on Pottermore is in "Divination" (book 3, chapter 6, moment 2), and twelve kids are shown. However, once more we do not see the whole room and are not given any indication of how many houses are present.

Goblet of Fire for the first time shows us what we must assume to be the whole class, this time in Care of Magical Creatures. Not everyone picked Care of Magical Creatures as an elective, but we know there are at least twenty-three students between the two Houses (twelve boys and eleven girls).

The entire student body is not shown completely in the Great Hall, but in "The Leaving Feast", I counted 115 heads, and thus around twenty-nine students in each House (I lost track of exactly how many per House). The problem with my counting is that the heads are occasionally blurred together, since it is a uniform black and is meant to display all of the students' loyalties to Cedric, to unity and to one another, not to teach us facts and figures. Should the films thus be used as canon? --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 13:32, September 14, 2014 (UTC)

Ah, but the books (which were written by Rowling, the Pottermore drawings weren't drawn by her) tell us there were twenty students among Gryffindor and Slytherin combined, or ten each. In their first Flying class in Philosopher's Stone, there are twenty broomsticks laid out for the students and in Chamber of Secrets, there are twenty cauldrons at work in Potions. Gryffindor-Hufflepuff combined is less clear, we're given the must less definite "about twenty" in Chamber of Secrets (the number of earmuffs in the Mandrake lesson, though keep in mind Sprout also took a pair).
Anyway, two facts are clear enough. A) Harry's year comprises ten Gryffindors and ten Slytherins, as listed in "The Original Forty" and B) as there are "considerably more" than forty students in each year and the original forty are explictly a "porportion" of the total number of students in Harry's year, the additional students must be in Hufflepuff and (apparently dominantly) Ravenclaw. Is this an acceptable interpretation of given canon? -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 16:50, September 14, 2014 (UTC)
I certainly think so. I'd forgotten of the examples you'd provided from the books. It does make sense that the Sorting Hat wouldn't force students into houses to which they didn't belong just to make the numbers work (mind you, that would explain some people, in my opinion). --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 17:03, September 14, 2014 (UTC)
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